Blind Lemon Jefferson: His Life, His Death, and His Legacy

Blind Lemon Jefferson: His Life, His Death, and His Legacy

by Robert L. Uzzel

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Between 1926 and his untimely death in 1929, Blind Lemon Jefferson was the largest-selling African-American blues singer in the United States. Blind from birth, Lemon wandered the streets of Wortham, Groesbeck, Marlin and Kosse in Central Texas, playing his guitar and soliciting contributions with his tin cup. In 1912 he caught a train to Dallas, where he performed in the famous Deep Ellum district. He was discovered by a talent scout for Paramount Records and taken to Chicago in 1925. Between 1926 and 1929, Lemon recorded more than a hundred titles and traveled extensively. His musical influence was widespread, affecting white and African-American musicians alike and extending to musical forms other than the blues. Robert L. Uzzel, was born in Waco, Texas, holds a doctor of philosophy degree from Baylor University. He has been a minster in the African Methodist Episcopal Church since 1975 and currently serves as pastor of Forest Hill AME Church in Fort Worth. His articles on theological and historical subjects have appeared in a number of publications.

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BN ID: 2940157442392
Publisher: Eakin Press
Publication date: 12/29/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Robert L. (Bob) Uzzel was born on 22 May 1951 in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1969 and received an Associate of Arts degree from McLennan Community College in 1971. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Sociology in 1973, a Master of Arts in Church-State Studies in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in World Religions in 1995 from Baylor University. He received a postdoctoral Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008.

An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he served as pastor of Texas A.M.E. congregations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Kaufman, Blooming Grove, and Maypearl prior to his appointment to Ennis in 2002. He serves as Chair of the Department of Religion and as Associate Professor of Religion, History, and Political Science at Paul Quinn College. He has taught a wide variety of courses not only at Paul Quinn but also at Cedar Valley College, Mountain View College, Tarrant County College, Temple College, and Navarro College.

A prolific writer, his articles have appeared in a number of publications. For his Masonic writings, he received Certificates of Literature from both the Philalethes Society and the Phylaxis Society. He is a Fellow of the Phylaxis Society, a holder of the Dr. Charles H. Wesley Medal of History, a Founding Fellow of the Masonic Society, and a member of the Society of Blue Friars an invitation-only organization for Masonic authors and editors. His books include Blind Lemon Jefferson: His Life, His Death, and His Legacy [ ]; Prince Hall Freemasonry in the Lone Star State: From Cuney to Curtis, 1875-2003 [ ], and Eliphas Levi and the Kabbalah: The Masonic and French Connection of the American Mystery Tradition [ ].

He is married to the former Debra Bass, a native of Fairfield, Texas. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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