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Son House – Father Of The Delta Blues


House’s recording session ran over a few days and saw the studio set up like a small club with an invited audience. I remember John (Hammond) running around crazed, as was Son’s manager, Dick Waterman (a man to whom Son owed everything). Al Wilson of Canned Heat was sat alongside Son, and once the recording started occasionally played harp and guitar. He appeared to have a decidedly calming influence on House, who throughout would turn to him to discuss various things.


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Once things had begun Son was quite nervous but ever so slowly, as time wore on, the emotional intensity of his performance transported one back to the Mississippi Delta c. 1930 when Son, as a young man, ruled the roost along with Delta legend Charlie Patton. And today, many years later, the images are frozen pieces of time, forever stored in my memory.

Excerpt from a piece by Lawrence Cohn who was present at the session.


Death Letter
Louise McGhee
John the Revelator
Empire State Express
Preachin’ Blues
Grinning In Your Face

Levee Camp Moan
President Kennedy
A Down The Staff
Motherless Children
Yonder Comes My Mother
Shake It and Break It
Pony Blues
Downhearted Blues


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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm