This Day In Blues. Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Lemon Jefferson was born Lemon Henry Jefferson (blind or possibly partially blind) on September 24, 1893 in Coutchman, Texas.
He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s and has been called the "Father of the Texas Blues”.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selected Jefferson's 1927 recording of ‘Matchbox Blues’ as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. Jefferson was among the inaugural class of blues musicians inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
Discovered by a talent scout in 1925, Jefferson soon went to Chicago to launch his recording career. He put down more than 90 tracks, mostly for the Paramount label. Jefferson helped popularized blues across the country with such songs as "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," "Black Snake Moan" and "Matchbox Blues"
Jefferson died in Chicago on December 19, 1929, of what his death certificate said was "probably acute myocarditis”. For many years, rumors circulated that a jealous lover had poisoned his coffee, but a more likely explanation is that he died of a heart attack after becoming disoriented during a snowstorm