Musician. A true pioneer of the blues, he was a veteran of the turn of the 19th century Southern medicine shows who played guitar and harmonica. He gained his nickname from the stovepipe top hat he wore and became one of the first blues harp players to appear on record in 1924. His many 78 RPM recordings included "Sundown Blues", "Stove Pipe Blues", "Greenville Strut", "Black Snake Blues" and "Strewin' It Out". In the 1930s, he recorded with his wife, Mississippi Sarah and spent his last years as a regular performer on Chicago's famous Maxwell Street.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith