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Speaking of B.B. King... Here's Bukka White

May 16th, 2015 -

Speaking of B.B. King... Here's Bukka White

With the recent passing of B.B. King we thought it might be an appropriate time to shine a light on King's mother's first cousin - blues singer, Bukka White.

Booker 'Bukka' White was an American Delta Bluesman, born in Mississippi in 1909.

Listen below to one of White's most famous songs, "Parchman Farm Blues", written about his time spent at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Son House and Vernon Presley (Elvis' father) also spent time in the same prison, commonly known as Parchman Farm.

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In 1962, Bob Dylan recorded a cover of Bukka White's "Fixin To Die" on his self-titled debut album. Dave Van Ronk also recorded "Fixin To Die" for his 1963 album Folksinger.

Listen below to Van Ronk, Dylan and White's versions of "Fixin To Die".

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