Charley Patton

Born 1 May 1891. Died 28 April 1934.


Charley Patton (died April 28, 1934), also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta blues musician. He is considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues", and is credited with creating an enduring body of American music and personally inspiring just about every Delta blues man (Palmer, 1995). Musicologist Robert Palmer considers him among the most important musicians that America produced in the twentieth century. Many sources, including musical releases and his gravestone, spell his name "Charley" even though the musician himself spelled his name "Charlie".

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  1. Review of The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Reborn and Remastered

    The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Reborn and Remastered 2012

    Reviewed by Ninian Dunnett
    A winning celebration of a talent that shouts loud from the past.
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