Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Scrapper Blackwell

Scrapper Blackwell
Originally uploaded by Doctor Noe
Someone ought to submit Scrapper's story to Unsolved Crimes ...

In 1962, he was ready to resume his blues career when he was shot and killed during a mugging in an Indianapolis alley. He was 59 years old. Although the crime remains unsolved, police arrested his neighbor at the time for the murder. Blackwell is buried in New Crown Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Scrapper Blackwell (February 21, 1903 – October 7, 1962) was an American blues guitarist and singer; best known as half of the guitar-piano duo he formed with Leroy Carr in the late 1920s and early 1930s, he was an acoustic single-note picker in the Chicago blues and Piedmont blues style, with some critics noting that he veered towards jazz.

Kokomo Blues

Scrapper Blackwell also made solo recordings for Vocalion, including "Kokomo Blues" which was transformed into "Old Kokomo Blues" by Kokomo Arnold before being redone as "Sweet Home Chicago" by Robert Johnson.


1 comment:

Leslie F. Miller said...

Holy CRAP! He died the day before I was born! Does this explain my love of blues? Good story. Research it and write the book. Who better?