Obituary Rubin Lacey

Posted: January 16, 2012 in David Evans, Delta, Pre war blues, Rubin Lacey

Author: David Evans



Obituary, written by Dr David Evans, for Rubin Lacey.


Rubin Lacey, born in 1901 Mississippi, was an important influence on Son House. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago for a while but, when failing to settle he returned to the Jackson area. He often performed with Tommy Johnson, Ishman Bracey, and the Mississippi Sheiks. He is only known to have recorded two songs as a soloist, recording “Mississippi Jail House Groan” and “Ham Hound Cave” in 1928 for Paramount. He was, however, a popular support artist, which make it likely that he appeared on recordings by many other artists. He gave up performing at the age of 31 years and become a Baptist minister in Mississippi. Later he moved to California, where he died in 1972.


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