Born: January 25, 1899 | Died: June 5, 1977
Sleepy John Estes - Blues Singer, guitarist (1904 - 1977)
The history of the blues has been so vaguely and haphazardly set down that it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate fact from legend. In the veiled and colorful world of the blues-singer this is true to such an extent that many bluesmen extend poetic license from their song lyrics into their everyday life. The story of John Adam Estes has especially been one clothed in the rich trappings of legend.
For years, students of jazz and folk music have been listening to Sleepy John Estes records in awe of his unique singing style. They often were willing to pay premium prices for his old recordings on the Victor, Champion, Decca and Bluebird labels at a time when the only serious attention paid blues records was accorded those that featured accompaniments by noted jazz artists....
Source: Koester/Harmon @ Delmark Records
On 80 HighwayDelmark Records
On The Chicago Blues SceneDelmark Records
Sleepy John Estes Volume TwoOrg Records
Sleepy John Estes Volume OneOrg Records
The Blues Of Sleepy John Estes - Volume Two 1938-1940Org Records
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