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 Joshua Altheimer, Sr

Joshua Altheimer, Sr

Birth
Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas, USA
Death 18 Nov 1940 (aged 30)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 18, Lot 15, Row 3/Grave 11
Memorial ID 143226926 · View Source
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Blues pianist.

Joshua Altheimer was born on 17 May 1910 in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas son of Silas Altheimer. His death certificate names his mother as "Verdis Pruitt Barnes Altheimer." However, it appears she should be Vertie/Verdie/Verdis Bond. Arkansas Marriages shows S.J. Altheimer married 1 February 1894 to Vertie Bond.

Remembered for accompanying Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson and others on influential blues recordings made in Chicago in the 1930s. He was described by Broonzy as "the best blues piano player I ever heard", and by blues historian Hugues Panassié as "the greatest blues pianist on records."

Brother of Orestes Altheimer (1897-1942) also buried at Lincoln Cemetery whose death certificate names his mother as Verdie Bonds.

He died 18 November 1940 at age 30 at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois the result of various ailments including pneumonia. Survivors included his wife Marie (nee Perry), sons Nathan (1935-1964) and Jerome (about 9 months), father Silas and brothers Felmon and Orestes. He was preceded in death by infant son Joshua, Jr.

Gravestone placed by Killer Blues Project in September 2013.


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Gravesite Details Gravestone placed by Killer Blues Project in September 2013.

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  • Created by: Neal Underwood
  • Added: 2 Mar 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 143226926
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joshua Altheimer, Sr (17 May 1910–18 Nov 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 143226926, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Neal Underwood (contributor 47580240) .