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

Darby, (Blind) Teddy

(born: 1906  -  died: 1975) 

Born Theodore Roosevelt Darby in Henderson, KY, he was a blues singer and guitarist who performed in Chicago in the 1930s but was most known for performing in St. Louis. His music was recorded between 1929-1937. As a younger man he did time in a reform school and workhouse for bootlegging. He was a long time associate of Peetie Wheatstraw. He eventually lost his sight to glaucoma. For more see The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 3rd ed., edited by C. Larkin; and St. Louis Blues Musicians. View the image and listen to Blind Teddy Darby - Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues 1929 on YouTube.


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NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of popular music 3rd ed.

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NKAA Entry:  Kentucky African American Musicians in Illinois (Chicago)

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“Darby, (Blind) Teddy,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 27, 2021,

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