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April 27th, 1965: Son House records new album at age 63

Son House records new album at age 63

The events we write about at Gaslight Records happened in some form or another 50 years ago to the day. Roll along with us and imagine you are back in 1970.

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50 Years Ago today, Mississippi blues singer Son House, re-entered the recording studio to record Father Of Folk Blues for Columbia records. He was 63 years old.

House had been working for the New York Railroad in Rochester for 20 years when he was rediscovered by Nick Perls, Dick Waterman and Phil Spiro following a widespread search across the Mississippi Delta. After his revival, he went on to perform at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964 along with Mississippi John Hurt, who had also only recently returned to the music industry.

In the late 1920's, House had spent time at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, the same prison which housed Blues singer Bukka White and Vernon Presley (father to Elvis Presley). He had been convicted of the murder of a man on a shooting spree in a Mississippi juke joint, but was later released on self-defence.

Listen to track 7 from Father of The Folk Blues "Grinnin In Your Face" below.

Father Of The Folk Blues:

01 Death Letter

02 Pearline

03 Louise McGhee

04 John The Revelator

05 Empire State Express

06 Preachin' Blues

07 Grinnin' In Your Face

08 Sundown

09 Levee Camp Moan

Son House records new album at age 63

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