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Threlkeld, Buford aka "Whistler"

(born: 1893  -  died: 1934) 

Threlkeld, born in Eminence, KY, was a guitarist, nose-whistle player, and singer. He moved to Louisville around 1915 and formed a jug band that played for all types of occasions. It was also in Louisville that he began playing the nose whistle. The band, which cut a record in 1924, is thought to be the first jug band to be recorded. A few years before his death, Threlkeld left Louisville for New York. His exact death date is not known. For more see "Whistler" in Oxford Music Online (database); "Foldin Bed," by Whistler and His Jug Band, on YouTube; and "Whistler's Jug Band" at


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