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With the exception of two songs that have not been found, the complete recordings of singer/guitarist Blind Teddy Darby are on this CD. An expressive if not overly memorable singer, Darby appeared on 20 selections recorded at five sessions (one apiece for Paramount, Victor, Bluebird, Vocalion, and Decca) that took place two years apart from each other. The instrumentation and personnel changed from session to session, ranging from unaccompanied performances by Darby to a jam on "What Am I to Do" that includes cornetist Baby Jay, trombonist Ike Rodgers, and pianist Roosevelt Sykes. This CD gives collectors a chance to very easily have the lifework of an obscure but worthy blues performer.

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Biography

Born: March 2, 1906 in Henderson, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Blinded by glaucoma at the age of 20, Blind Teddy Darby (born Theodore Roosevelt Darby) turned to music in the 1920s. Often accompanied by his cousin, Tom Webb, on piano, Darby documented his hard life through such tunes as "Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues," "She Thinks She's Slick," "Bought a Bottle of Gin," and "Bootleggin' Ain't Good No More." Of the 26 tunes that he recorded between September 7, 1929, and April 30, 1937, only "I'm Gonna Wreck Your Vee Eight (Vee Eight Blues)" and "Pokino Blues" remain...
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