James “Kokomo” Arnold

James “Kokomo” Arnold

Lovejoy, Clayton County, Georgia, USA
Death 8 Nov 1968 (aged 67)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 7634396 · View Source
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Blues Musician. He is often described as being one of the greatest bluesmen to come about in the period following the Great Depression, Born in the town of Lovejoy, Georgia, as a young man he left the south and settled in Buffalo, New York, where he began playing local venues. In 1929, Arnold settled in Chicago, Illinois and was soon recording for the Victor Record label and then later for Decca Records. He toured extensively during the 1930's as a blues guitarist, making numerous appearances in both New York City and Chicago. By the 1940's, Arnold's music career stalled, and he was forced to work outside of the music industry. In 1962, he made a musical comeback and continued performing until his death from a heart attack in 1968.

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  • Originally Created by: Midnight Believer
  • Added: 28 Jun 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7634396
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James “Kokomo” Arnold (15 Feb 1901–8 Nov 1968), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7634396, citing Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .