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 John Henry Barbee

John Henry Barbee

Birth
Henning, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, USA
Death 3 Nov 1964 (aged 58)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Sec. SS, Row 10, Gr. 42
Memorial ID 10661 · View Source
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Blues Musician. Born William George Tucker in Henning, Tennessee, he was singer guitarist and changed his name to reflect his favorite folk song, "The Ballard of John Henry". He toured in the 1930s throughout the south playing slide guitar and released his first record "Six Weeks Old Blues" on the Vocalion label in 1938. The record had good success followed by hits to include "God Knows I Can't Help It", "Six Weeks Old Blues", "Against My Will", "Early In The Morning" and "No Pickin, No Pullin". Through the 1940s and 1950s, he toured as a regular on the Blues and Folk Festival circuits. In early 1964, after a European tour with Howlin' Wolf and Lightning Hopkins, he returned to the U.S., purchased an automobile and accidentally ran over and killed a man. He was locked up in a Chicago jail and died of a heart attack ten days before his 59th birthday.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 10 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10661
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry Barbee (14 Nov 1905–3 Nov 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10661, citing Restvale Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .