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

Thompson, Rudolph

(born: 1913  -  died: 1966) 

Rudolph Thompson, born in Louisville, KY, was a jug blower. The son of Juanita and John H. Thompson, the family of five lived in the rear of Chestnut Street on Alley Wadila (as recorded in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census). John Thompson was a steamer at a tobacco factory.

His son Rudolph was 12-years old when 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.

Rudolph Thompson died in Louisville, KY on September 20, 1966, according to the Kentucky Death Index in Ancestry.

For more see "Rudolph Thompson" in the Oxford Music Online Database; and Rudolph Thompson at Discography of American Historical Recordings, a UC Santa Barbara Library website.

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

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