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Father of the Delta Blues.
"Before Jimi Hendrix mastered the guitar, before Chuck Berry pioneered rock & roll, before Robert Johnson strummed a single chord -- Charley Patton did it all." More on rockhall.com...
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Listed below are notable collections and items related to Charley Patton in the Rock Hall's Archives collection.
Sing Out! Records
The Sing Out! Records document folk music and its related genres throughout the decades of the 1940s to the present. The photograph and subject files in this collection were originally a part of the Sing Out! Resource Center, created in the 1980s to document the diverse nature and history of folk music in order to better serve the folk community. The collection is particularly rich in its documentation of women and minorities in music. It contains both a subject file and photograph file on Charley Patton.
Terry Stewart Collection
The Terry Stewart Collection contains rock and roll ephemera collected by Stewart over the course of several decades. The materials date from 1926-2014, and include undated items. From a general point of view, the collection offers an extensive survey of rock and roll as it appears in advertisements, film, and on stage. Materials may include forgeries and reproductions. The collection includes the following folder of Graphic Materials: Patton, Charley, on Paramount Records, 2003.
Rock's Backpages Articles
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