From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Thompson, Rudolph

(born: 1913  -  died: 1956) 

Thompson, born in Louisville, KY, was a jug blower. He was the son of Juanita and John H. Thompson, and according to the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, the family of five lived in the rear of Chestnut Street on Alley Wadila. John Thompson was a steamer at a tobacco factory. When his son Rudolph was 12, he played with the Mud Gutters Jug Band, one of several groups to perform at the 1926 Kentucky Derby. At the age of 13, he was a member of and recorded with Whistler's Jug Band. For more see "Rudolph Thompson" in the Oxford Music Online Database.


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NKAA Entry: Threlkeld, Buford aka "Whistler"
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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