Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell
1898 - 1959

Blind Willie McTell  


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First Name Blind
Middle Name Willie
Last Name McTell
Alternative Name William Samuel McTear, Blind Sammie, Georgia Bill, Hot Shot Willie, Blind Willie, Barrelhouse Sammy, Pig & Whistle Red, Blind Doogie, Red Hot Willie Glaze, Red Hot Willie, Eddie McTier
Age 61 (age at death) years
Birthday 5th May, 1898
Birthplace Thomson, Georgia, United States
Died 19th August, 1959
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Occupation Text Musician, songwriter, songster, accompanist, preacher
Music Genre (Text) Country blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues, Songster, ragtime, Delta blues, gospel
Music Genre Blues, Piedmont Blues
Year(s) Active 1927–1956
Music Style Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Piedmont Blues, East Coast Blues, Regional Blues, Songster
Music Mood Earthy, Passionate, Plaintive, Gritty, Rousing, Spiritual, Earnest, Bittersweet, Intimate, Whimsical, Playful, Atmospheric, Austere
Instrument Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Harmonica, Accordion, Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals, guitar, harmonica, accordion, kazoo, violin
Record Label Victor, Columbia, Okeh, Vocalion, Decca, Library of Congress, Atlantic, Regal
Associated Acts Curley Weaver, Kate McTell

Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier; May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta bluesmen, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

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