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    Charlie Patton "Poor Me / 34 Blues" 78 RPM (Vocalion 02651, 1934). Charlie Patton is often credited for being the founder of the Mississippi Delta blues style. His plantation-forged voice and distinctive guitar runs influenced generations of bluesmen, Howlin' Wolf and Pops Staples in particular. More than any other blues singer, Patton sang of times, people, and places in the Mississippi Delta. On "34 Blues," he sings of Will Dockery's plantation where the blues were believed to have first formed and where Patton lived much of his life. By 1934 hard times of Depression and Dust Bowl were driving people from their land with "...women and children flaggin' trains for rides." On the reverse side, he sings of his wife, Bertha Lee, who was at the session with him. All of Patton's records were made during the Great Depression and the few that survived are generally in extremely worn and abused condition. This copy of Vocalion 02651, in an original 1934 jacket, has some play but is one of the best ever offered. Patton died just three months after this session, stilling one of the greatest voices of the Delta blues. Recorded in January and February of 1934, Charlie died in April of the same year, making this some of the last recordings to be heard from this blues legend. "Poor Me" is a song reflecting on how it wound be to be looking down at his wife after his death, a very moving song. The B side "34 Blues" is credited as one of his best compositions and also a very dark blues masterpiece. This is one of the rarest Blues 78s from the Vocalion label. Condition on the disc is VG 5, label is VG 6 with a minor mark running through the B-side. Vocalion sleeve is in VG-EX 6 with some minor tears at label opening.

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