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  CMT.com : Charley Patton : Biography
Patton is generally regarded as one of the original architects of putting blues into a strong, syncopated rhythm, and his strident tone was achieved by tuning his guitar up a step and a half above standard pitch instead of using a capo.
And so keen were Patton's abilities in setting mood and ambience, that he could bring a barrelhouse frolic to a complete stop by launching into an impromptu performance of nothing but religious-themed selections and still manage to hold his audience spellbound.
Patton was also responsible for hooking up fellow players Willie Brown and Son House with their first chances to record.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/patton_charley/bio.jhtml   (1008 words)

  Charlie Patton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Patton, who lived most of his life in Sunflower County, in the Mississippi Delta, was extremely popular across the U.S. South, and (in contrast to the itinerant wanderering of most blues musicians of his time) was invited to perform at plantations and taverns.
Patton died on the Heathman-Dedham plantation near Indianola from heart disease in early 1934 and is buried in Holly Ridge (both towns are located in Sunflower County).
The bluesman -- Charlie Patton (by Cub Koda)
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Charley_Patton   (327 words)

 Trail of the Hellhound: Charley Patton
Patton's music began to exert considerable influence; guitarist Tommy Johnson had moved to the Dockery vicinity circa 1913 and was soon playing Delta blues including Patton's "Pony Blues." Around 1914, Patton began playing his guitar with members of the Chatmon family, working picnics and frolics.
Patton's hypnotic three-note songs also deeply influenced Clarksdale's John Lee Hooker, who recorded his own version of Patton's "Pea Vine Blues." Bukka White also cited a desire "to come to be a famous man, like Charley Patton," and demonstrated a similar knack for playing dance songs for extended periods.
Patton's grave is located in Holly Ridge, Mississippi, and the tombstone acknowledges his pivotal role in the development of the Delta Blues.
www.cr.nps.gov /delta/blues/people/charley_patton.htm   (511 words)

 Sing Out!: Charley Patton: a look under the mask! King of ... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Patton first recorded in 1929, and was one of the last rural African-Americans to have a chance to preserve his broader range of material on commercial recordings.
Patton was the last Jeffersonian to make a significant impact on the blues market, and it is worth noting that only a half-dozen of his earliest records sold at all well, and even these almost exclusively in rural areas.
Patton did much better, releasing 26 records to House's four, but there is no reason to think that the recordings made up a significant part of his income, or that the failure of his later records to sell implies any lack of work on the local dance and picnic scene.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:88582122&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (4102 words)

 Trail of the Hellhound: Charley Patton
Patton's music began to exert considerable influence; guitarist Tommy Johnson had moved to the Dockery vicinity circa 1913 and was soon playing Delta blues including Patton's "Pony Blues." Around 1914, Patton began playing his guitar with members of the Chatmon family, working picnics and frolics.
Patton's hypnotic three-note songs also deeply influenced Clarksdale's John Lee Hooker, who recorded his own version of Patton's "Pea Vine Blues." Bukka White also cited a desire "to come to be a famous man, like Charley Patton," and demonstrated a similar knack for playing dance songs for extended periods.
Patton's grave is located in Holly Ridge, Mississippi, and the tombstone acknowledges his pivotal role in the development of the Delta Blues.
www.nps.gov /history/delta/blues/people/charley_patton.htm   (511 words)

 The Austin Chronicle Music: Charley Patton Reviewed
Patton was a performer who whipped his crowds into a fervor, flinging his fluid guitar lines and exaggeratedly loud voice to packed houses throughout the region.
Patton had an edge not heard before in blues music, the combination of his voice and the grind of his strings impossible to ignore.
Fahey wrote his dissertation on Patton, and he and partner Dean Blackwood had long planned this box set; it was well underway at the time of the guitarist's untimely death in February.
www.austinchronicle.com /issues/dispatch/2001-10-26/music_feature2.html   (611 words)

 Charley Patton, Mississippi Musician from Bolton, Mississippi
Charley Patton is considered one of the earliest and best known blues singers.
Patton sang with a hoarse and loud tone.
Charley Patton died of heart failure on April 28, 1934.
www.shs.starkville.k12.ms.us /mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/musicians/CharleyPatton/CharleyPatton.html   (574 words)

 Blues Bytes Flashback
In addition, though Patton and Johnson were of the same tradition of bluesmen who made up songs as they went from a well of traditional blues lines, phrases and licks, the former had a tendency to build songs that sounded looser, less rehearsed (less complete) than the latter's, which explains why they were rarely covered.
Charley Patton got his first chance to record his songs in June 1929; he was either (depending on who you believe) 38 or 42, he had been playing music most of his life and was a very popular and successful entertainer.
Patton was a slim and small man, probably weighing no more than 135 pounds, but his voice was as booming and menacing (and loud!) as that of a man twice his built.
www.bluenight.com /BluesBytes/fk0302.html   (2019 words)

 AVguide.com: Film/Music Recommendations: Almost Famous: Charley Patton-American Historian, Delta Hero
That during his entire career Patton was only once a victim of a jealous lover's attack indicates that he customarily stuck to the music, though women would have undoubtedly been attracted to his in-routine behind-the-back guitar playing, vocal trickery, and personal charm.
Evans parallels Patton's inability to settle down in one place or with one woman (he had as many as seven wives) to the bluesman's uneasiness in a post-Reconstructionist South caste environment in which he never fit.
Patton's music was truly radical, as he makes little or no attempt to disguise who or what the songs are about.
www.avguide.com /film_music/music/musicreviews/01_rev_charleyp.jsp   (1641 words)

 CHARLEY PATTON     by Bob Groom   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Charley Patton is considered, with some justification, to be the archetypal Mississippi Delta Blues singer, but he can equally well be thought of as a songster, in view of wide-ranging repertoire - blues, ballads, spirituals and popular songs - that he displays on record.
Patton was born in Hinds County, central Mississippi, probably in April, 1891, and had fl, white, Indian blood.
At the turn the century, blues was still in the process of evolution into a "seperate" musical form and the young Patton, now living on Dockery's Plantation in the Delta, with his parents Bill and Annie, was attracted by the music he heard around him and took up the guitar when in his early teens.
www.blueson.se /charley_patton.htm   (399 words)

 Bad Dog Blues Radio
Patton's historical importance is without doubt and he was one of the founders of the Mississippi Delta blues style.
Patton was a true celebrity, well known throughout the Delta, and a seminal influence on musicians throughout the region.
Revenant's "Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton" may be the ultimate document to raise Patton's profile featuring 5 CD's with all issued and unissued recordings by Patton, a 6th CD of artists in Charley's "orbit" and a 7th CD of interviews with Patton associates.
www.baddogblues.com /archives/2.04/special.htm   (797 words)

 Charley Patton
Patton had a varied repertoire from which to draw by the time he left Dockery—not only blues songs, but ballads, ragtime numbers, and traditional tunes born of both fl and white cultures.
Patton came into contact with Speir, who was impressed enough to dispatch Charley north to commit his songs to shellac.
Charley Patton was a giant of American roots music, a major influence on his contemporaries and on the generations that followed.
www.starrgennett.org /stories/profiles/charley_patton.htm   (1369 words)

 Charlie Patton by R.Crumb
This is underground comic book genius R. Crumb's retelling of the life of Delta bluesman Charlie Patton, based on the biography by Stephen Calt and Gayle Dean Wardlow.
Yazoo Records - Patton's music is available here.
Crumb Draws the Blues - A book of more great stuff.
www.celticguitarmusic.com /patton1.htm   (116 words)

Patton’s songs were filled with lyrics that dealt with more than mere narratives of love gone bad.
Patton’s standing in blues history is immense; no country blues artist, save Blind Lemon Jefferson, exerted more influence on the future of the form or on its succeeding generation of stylists than Patton.
Patton was far from passive when he performed in front of an audience.
www.southernmusic.net /charliepatton.htm   (342 words)

 Amazon.com: Music: The Definitive Charley Patton [BOX SET]   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Patton's guitar accompaniments are showy and elaborate, kaleidoscopic in their ever-changing response to his vocals and their incessant re-articulation of the song's rhythm.
Patton's voice was deep and hoarse, yet immensely powerful - it was said that when he performed outside, his voice would carry for hundreds of yards without any kind of amplification.
Charlie Patton has finally escaped the hailstorm of surface noice which for decades greeted anyone who tried to listen to his songs, and the power and authority of his voice and guitar playing is amazing, at times even matching that of his contemporary, the great Son House.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000594VE?v=glance   (2328 words)

 Charley Patton
Gravesite of Charley Patton, in the middle of a cotton field near the tiny town of Holly Ridge, MS
Patton was always in demand as a performer; his stage antics, which included playing guitar with his teeth, playing it behind his back, throwing it up in the air, and other tricks, were copied by many other bluesmen and decades later revived by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Patton was idolized by Howlin' Wolf, Son House, Robert Johnson, and most of the other early Delta bluesmen.
www.howlinwolf.com /articles/patton/patton_grave.htm   (208 words)

 Charley Patton   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Charley Patton (May 1 1891 - April 28 1934) was an American delta blues musician and one of the first mainstream of the genre.
He was extremely popular the U.S. South and was invited to perform at and taverns (in contrast to most other musicians who were itinerant wanderers).
Focused primarily on a detailed analysis of Patton's music, this book goes deeply into the structure of the music and lyrics of Charley Patton's Blues.
www.freeglossary.com /Charlie_Patton   (203 words)

 Charley Patton CD Review
It comes as no small wonder then, that Patton was utterly convincing in both realms; as a bluesman, he was certainly one of the roughest and most forceful performers to have roamed the Delta, while his religious titles are both stunning and moving.
Patton's credibility has previously been challenged too, by those who considered him a reckless drunk, but in order to maintain his high status, he must have been well able to control his alcohol intake.
And while Patton had been written about as someone who seemed ill-prepared at times for his trips to the recording studio, in the newly-penned liner notes, what is more apparent is that Charley wanted the 'live' feeling of a juke-joint performance to come across in his 78's.
www.mnblues.com /cdreview/2001/charleypatton-7disc-cr.html   (1978 words)

 Baltimore City Paper: MUSIC A Seven-CD Set Fleshes Out the Charley Patton Story   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Patton is the doorway that stands between the recorded history of the blues since 1925 and the undocumented, lost mists of Southern fl music beforehand.
Charley Patton didn't invent Mississippi blues, but he was probably alive when it was created and he was by all accounts the music's first regional star.
It was Patton's traveling partner, Son House, who put more emphasis on storytelling and melody and thus created the folk-song tradition in the blues.
www.citypaper.com /music/story.asp?id=5408   (1223 words)

 Charley Patton -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Charley Patton (May 1, 1891–April 28, 1934) was an (A native or inhabitant of the United States) American (Click link for more info and facts about delta blues) delta blues (Someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)) musician, and one of the first mainstream stars of the genre.
He was extremely popular across the (Click link for more info and facts about U.S. South) U.S. South, and was invited to perform at plantations and taverns (in contrast to most other blues musicians, who were itinerant wanderers).
Long before (United States guitarist whose innovative style with electric guitars influenced the development of rock music (1942-1970)) Jimi Hendrix he was the entertainer's entertainer with dazzling showmanship, often playing guitar on his knees and behind his head.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/ch/charley_patton.htm   (296 words)

 Charley Patton Bluejeans' Place
Charley Patton is another of the many blues historical figures who ranged across the Mississippi Delta playing a variety of musical styles including ragtime, Gospel, and country-type ballads, but he was first and foremost a bluesman!
If that was not enough, Charley was one of the first performers to play behind his neck, behind his back or with one hand, styles later made world-famous by Jimi Hendrix and others.
Every mentor needs a protege and Charley's was Howlin' Wolf who hooked up with him in 1928, traveling from juke joint to juke joint with him, learning how to shout while singing, pick the music on the guitar at high volume and pitch, and otherwise bring the sound to its bluesy edge.
www.bluejeansplace.com /CharleyPatton.html   (451 words)

  Charley Patton, Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton is a teaser for the set, which is to be released this fall.
Charley Patton is about as removed from the smooth "Uptown" blues as one can imagine.
Patton counted among his protégés House, Willie Brown (of "Crossroads" infamy) and Louise Johnson; among his students, White, Wolf and Pops Staples; and as an influence, Waters, King, Big Bill Broonzy, and pretty well any other blues artist that came after him.
www.greenmanreview.com /screamin.html   (844 words)

 Charley Patton CD Review
Born in 1891, Patton's family moved from the hill country to the Delta and landed at Dockery's Plantation.
With that being said, Charley Patton did become one of the most sought-after barrelhouse entertainers of his time; instead of rambling from town to town in search of gigs, his popularity was such that the juke joints sought him out to play frolics, suppers, fish fries, and parties.
It's a safe bet that Paramount wound up giving away records as Patton should have been easily recognized as the man masquerading behind the mask, not that there's much similarity between Patton's known photo and the cartoon character Paramount came up with, but his voice was unmistakable.
www.mnblues.com /cdreview/2001/patton-marvel-cr.html   (1026 words)

 westword.com | Music | Charley Patton | 2002-01-17   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although he never got the notice Robert Johnson received through Eric Clapton and his crowd, Charley Patton is generally considered the king of the country-blues pioneers.
These articles describe Patton's importance in the growth of the commercial blues industry, as well as analyze his music song by song, and are accompanied by lavish reproductions of old advertisements and stickers that duplicate the artwork from all of Patton's original 78s.
Patton was not simply a popular singer during the Great Depression; he was perhaps the pivotal figure in the development of the blues as we know it today.
www.westword.com /issues/2002-01-17/music/playlist4.html   (458 words)

 CHARLEY PATTON     by Bob Groom   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Patton föddes i Hinds County mitt i Mississippi, förmodligen i April 1891 och hade färgat, vitt och indianskt ursprung.
Patton spelade in 68 olika titlar under perioden 1929 och 1934, plus 7 som kompgitarrist åt andra.
Charley Patton led av hjärtbesvär vilket också ledde till hans död.
www.blueson.se /svcharley_patton.htm   (394 words)

 Charley Patton's Grave   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Charley spent the last couple of years, of his too short life, living in Holly Ridge (just a mile north of US 82 between Leland and Indianola).
Add to it the grave marker for Charley is in the back corner of the cemetary near the gin, so rumor has it that Charley's remains might be underneith said gin.
Reportedly, Charley's old record label, Vocalion Records, had erected a marker for Charley sometime in the past.
www.roadfan.com /patton.html   (169 words)

 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Charley Patton
Works by Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Son House are mixed seamlessly with some of her own creations.
Johnson, Charley Patton, Son House and other acoustic performers from the early decades of the last century represented the blues' first generation, superstars Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and King, the second.
We know Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, and the other country-blues greats only through three-minute songs, because when they recorded, that was the limit of the technology.
news.surfwax.com /music/files/Charley_Patton.html   (1174 words)

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