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Charlie Patton "Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues"
Recorded in 1929 for Paramount Records at Richmond, Indiana.
Film Clip by
David Stoeckel

Charlie Patton
Birth: Between April 1887 & 1891
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA

Death: Apr. 28, 1934
Sunflower County
Mississippi, USA
Cause of death: Heart ailment

Burial: Holly Ridge Cemetery
Holly Ridge
Sunflower County
Mississippi, USA

Charlie Patton was one of the first mainstream stars of the Delta blues genre. He is credited with creating an enduring body of American music such as the classic standards "Pony Blues", "Mississippi Boll Weevil Blues", "A Spoonful Blues", "Banty Rooster Blues" and "Down The Dirt Road". He died of heart disease on a plantation near Indianola, Mississippi. In 1990, musician John Fogerty bought Patton's grave marker. In 2003, his re-mastered boxed set recording "Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues", won three Grammy Awards for Best Historical Album.