Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Men Behind the Bluesmen: H.C. Speir Blues Talent Broker

To better understand the blues, it helps to understand the roles of some of the supporting and enabling players for the eairlier bluesmen.

H. C. Speir was just such a person. He was born Henry C. Speir in Prospect, Mississippi, October 6, 1895 and he died in Jackson, Mississippi in 1972. He was an American "talent broker" and record store owner from Jackson, Mississippi. He was responsible for launching the recording careers of most of the greatest Mississippi blues musicians in the 1920s and 1930s.

Bluesworld.com has a very interesting interview with Mr. Speir titled, Godfather Of Delta Blues H.C. Speir.

The Blues Trail.com also has a write up on him @ HC Speir.

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