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Weaver, Sylvester

(born: 1896  -  died: 1960) 

Weaver was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Wallis and Mattie Embers Weaver. In 1900 the family lived on Logan Street, according to the U.S. Federal Census. Sylvester Weaver was the first country bluesman to be recorded (Guitar Blues) and was a talent scout for the Okeh blues label. Weaver brought Walter Beasley and Helen Humes to New York. His song, Guitar Rag, was taken and turned into a classic without credit to Weaver. For more see All Music Guide to the Blues. The experts' guide to the best blues recordings, 2nd ed., edited by M. Erlewine, et al; and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 3rd ed., edited by Colin Larkin. View image and listen to Sylvester Weaver & Walter Beasley - Bottleneck Blues [1927] on YouTube.

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