Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Furry Lewis

Born March 6, 1893, in Greenwood, Mississippi, Lewis acquired the nickname “Furry” from childhood playmates. At the age of seven he and his family moved to Memphis, where young Lewis took up the guitar under the tutelage of a man whose name he recalled as “Blind Joe.” Blind Joe apparently was versed in nineteenth century song and taught his protégé “Casey Jones” and “John Henry,” songs based around the exploits of heroic figures. Lewis would later record these two songs for the Victor and Vocalion labels respectively. By 1908, he was playing solo for parties, in taverns, and on the street. He also was invited to play several dates with W.C. Handy’s Orchestra.

Read more

1 Photos

Albums

Videos

Similar

Son House Son House
guitar, slide
Mississippi John Hurt Mississippi John Hurt
guitar, acoustic
Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill Broonzy
guitar, acoustic
Sleepy John Estes Sleepy John Estes
guitar, acoustic
Reverend Gary Davis
guitar, acoustic
Bukka White Bukka White
guitar, slide
Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell
guitar, 12-string
Mance Lipscomb Mance Lipscomb
guitar, acoustic

Premium Profiles

Andrea Claburn Andrea Claburn
vocalist
Harrison Goldberg Harrison Goldberg
saxophone
Thomas Steffen Thomas Steffen
arranger
Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
saxophone
Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic
Suzanne Grzanna Suzanne Grzanna
sax, alto
Norman David Norman David
saxophone
William Mentz William Mentz
vocalist
Maureen Choi Maureen Choi
violin
Karl Berger Karl Berger
band/orchestra
LJ Folk LJ Folk
vocalist
Jen de Ness Jen de Ness
vocalist

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.