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Sleepy John Estes

Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic

Born: January 25, 1899 | Died: June 5, 1977    

Sleepy John Estes

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....
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Source: Koester/Harmon @ Delmark Records

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    On 80 Highway

    Delmark Records
    2008
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    On The Chicago Blues Scene

    Delmark Records
    2007
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    Sleepy John Estes Volume Two

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    Sleepy John Estes Volume One

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    The Blues Of Sleepy John Estes - Volume Two 1938-1940

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