Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Feel Like Going To Church: Blind Roosevelt Graves

Roosevelt Graves (December 9, 1909, Meridian, Mississippi – December 30, 1962, Summerland, Mississippi) was an American blues guitarist and singer who recorded both sacred and secular music in the 1920s and 1930s.

On all his recordings, he played with his brother Uaroy Graves, who was also nearly blind and played the tambourine. They were credited as "Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother". Their first recordings were made in 1929 for Paramount Records. Theirs is the earliest version recorded of the famous tune "Guitar Boogie", and they exemplified the very best in gospel singing with the classic "I'll Be Rested".

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