Charley Patton

Charley Patton was known as the “Father of the Delta Blues” and has inspired many musicians who came after him.  He was born on May 1, 1891 in Hinds County, Mississippi.  He began playing the guitar at an early age and was soon traveling along the Mississippi River singing the Blues.  It is believed Patton was married eight times in his short life.  His last wife was Bertha Lee Pate who lived with him in Lula around 1930.  Between 1930 and 1934, they made several recordings together and Patton had two songs about Lula.  These were “Dry Well Blues” in 1930 and “Stone Pony Blues”  in 1934. He died on April 24, 1934.

“Dry Wells Blues” lyrics

When I was living at Lula, I was living at ease

When I was living at Lula, I was living at ease

Lord the drought come in cold Autumn, parched up all the trees

The entire song lyrics are at lulatown.com

Freehistia.com: Blues Dust- Early, old, and classic Blues lyrics

Britannica.com. Biography Charley Patton

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