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Walter "Furry" Lewis
Birth: Mar. 6, 1899
Greenwood
Leflore County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 1981
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Blues Musician. He is considered one of the most talented bluesmen to play on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee during the 1920’s and is credited with developing the “bottleneck” style of guitar playing. As a teenager, Lewis moved to the “River City” from Mississippi and learned to play the guitar from a musician known only as “Blind Joe.” He played in many of the clubs up and down Beale Street as well as an occasional performance with the W.C. Handy Band. In 1927, Furry took time off from his job as a street sweeper for the City of Memphis (a job he keep until his retirement in 1966) to travel to Chicago and record for the Vocalion Record label. The period from the “Great Depression” in the 1930s through the 1950s was not conductive to his particular brand of blues. Like many blues artist of that time, his career faltered during this period only to be resurrected by the beatnik coffeehouses in the 1960s. Influencing such artist as Robert Palmer, Joni Mitchell and The Rolling Stones, Lewis' music was rediscovered by a new generation.  (bio by: Kim Inboden) 
 
Burial:
Hollywood Cemetery
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 35.09026, -90.0224
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Kim Inboden
Record added: May 09, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10935145
Walter Furry Lewis
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Walter Furry Lewis
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