Laura Ella Dukes

Laura Ella Dukes

Birth
Death 10 Oct 1992 (aged 85)
Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Braden, Fayette County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 53827134 · View Source
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Born on June 10, 1907 in Memphis, TN, Laura made early encounters with the music scene in her hometown: her father played drums with WC Handy's Band and often took little Laura to the local theaters and taverns, where she later worked as a singer and dancer. In 1933 she met Robert Nighthawk in East St. Louis and took guitar lessons from him, and the two appeared as a duo in various local joints. Laura later switched to the ukulele. She followed Will Batt's South Memphis Jugband in 1938 and went on the road off and on until 1956. In 1954 she recorded for Flyright with Will Batts and for the Albatross label in Memphis in 1972 and appeared in the TV-documentation "THE DEVIL'S MUSIC- A HISTORY OF THE BLUES"(BBC-1 TV England 1976)."


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  • Created by: Patrick Whitney
  • Added: 18 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53827134
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Laura Ella Dukes (10 Jun 1907–10 Oct 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53827134, citing Melton Cemetery, Braden, Fayette County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Patrick Whitney (contributor 47054511) .