Author: Bob West
Source: B&R, 207, 4
In 1964, Dick Waterman re-discovered Son House living in Rochester, New York. Son had recorded ten sides for Paramount Records in 1930 and then went on to record for the Library of Congress in 1941 and 1942. Following his rediscovery, Son began recording again, including the classic ‘The Legendary Father Of Folk Blues’ album for Columbia in 1965. He toured the USA playing colleges and clubs and undertaking radio interviews. On 17th March, 1968 Bob West interviewed Son at Lake Union, near Seattle, Washington. Of course much more research has been undertaken in the last forty years on Son House, his contemporaries and Paramount Records. However at the time this interview was conducted, it provided blues fans with a wealth of information about pre-war blues artists and record companies.
In 2005 the ‘missing’ copy of ‘Mississippi County Farm Blues’/ ’Clarksdale Moan’ (Paramount 13096) was discovered. The disc is due to be reissued this year, by Yazoo along with other newly discovered and long lost records.
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