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 Alger “Texas” Alexander

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Alger “Texas” Alexander

  • Birth 12 Sep 1900 Jewett, Leon County, Texas, USA
  • Death 16 Apr 1954 Richards, Grimes County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Montgomery County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 6815329

Musician. Known as "Texas" Alexander, he was one of the most important blues singers of the 1920s to the mid 1950s. Born in the Brazos River area of Texas, his career began by singing at a number of different functions ranging from fish fries to county fairs. In the late 1920s, he journeyed to New York City, New York where he recorded for the OKeh Record label with the King Oliver Band. He later returned to Texas where he performed with such notable blues musicians as Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett and his cousin, Sam "Lightin' Hopkins. In 1940, he was convicted of the murder of his wife and was sentenced to serve at the Texas State Penitentiary in Paris, Texas. After being released from prison in 1945, he resumed his performing in Texas. He died in obscurity in 1954.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Midnight Believer
  • Added: 1 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6815329
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alger “Texas” Alexander (12 Sep 1900–16 Apr 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6815329, citing Longstreet Cemetery, Montgomery County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .