Blind Willie McTell

Real Name:
William Samuel McTier (or McTear)
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Born: May 05, 1898 in Thomson, GA, United States
Died: August 19, 1959 in Milledgeville, GA, United States

McTell was a prolific 12-string blues guitarist and vocalist who recorded a great deal of 78s for the Victor, Columbia, ARC, OKeh, and Decca labels during the 1920s and '30s, often performing under pseudonyms. In 1940, the field recordist John A. Lomax located McTell working as a street performer in his homebase of Atlanta, Georgia, and recorded him for the Library of Congress. McTell's career revived briefly in 1949 when he recorded sessions for the Atlantic and Regal labels, but was never able to re-establish in these post-war years the level of fame he had enjoyed during the heyday of the "race records." McTell died of a stroke in 1959.
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Albums

BV 1040 Last Session — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Last Session (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV 1040 US 1961 Sell This Version
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MLP 7323 Blind Willie McTell: 1940  The Legendary Library Of Congress Session — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell: 1940 The Legendary Library Of Congress Session (Album, Comp) Melodeon MLP 7323 US 1965 Sell This Version
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BLP-12008 Blind Willie McTell 1949, Trying To Get Home — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell 1949, Trying To Get Home (Album) Biograph BLP-12008 US 1969 Sell This Version
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BLP 12035, BLP-12035 Love Changin' Blues — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell And Memphis Minnie Blind Willie McTell And Memphis Minnie - Love Changin' Blues (Comp) Biograph, Biograph BLP 12035, BLP-12035 US 1971 Sell This Version
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ATL 40 400, SD 7224 Atlanta Twelve String — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Atlanta Twelve String (Album) Atlantic ATL 40 400, SD 7224 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

21474 Writing Paper Blues / Mamma, Tain't Long Fo' Day — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Writing Paper Blues / Mamma, Tain't Long Fo' Day(Shellac, 10") Victor 21474 US 1928 Sell This Version
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V-38032 Dark Night Blues/Loving Talking Blues — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Dark Night Blues/Loving Talking Blues(Shellac, 10", Single) Victor V-38032 US 1928 Sell This Version
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21124 Stole Rider Blues / Mr. McTell Got The Blues — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Stole Rider Blues / Mr. McTell Got The Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 21124 US 1928 Sell This Version
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V-38001 Three Women Blues / Statesboro Blues — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Three Women Blues / Statesboro Blues Victor V-38001 US 1929 Sell This Version
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V-38580 Drive Away Blues / Love Changing Blues — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Drive Away Blues / Love Changing Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38580 US 1929 Sell This Version
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8936 Stomp Down Rider / Scarey Day Blues — Blind Willie McTell Georgia Bill* Stomp Down Rider / Scarey Day Blues(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8936 US 1932 Sell This Version
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23328 Let Me Scoop For You / Rollin' Mama Blues — Blind Willie McTell Ruby Glaze - Hot Shot Willie* Ruby Glaze - Hot Shot Willie* - Let Me Scoop For You / Rollin' Mama Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 23328 US 1932 Sell This Version
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02577 Broke Down Engine / Death Cell Blues — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie* Broke Down Engine / Death Cell Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02577 US 1933 Sell This Version
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02568 B And O Blues No. 2 / Savannah Mama — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie* B And O Blues No. 2 / Savannah Mama(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02568 US 1933 Sell This Version
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B-5391 Searching The Desert For The Blues / Lonesome Day Blues — Blind Willie McTell Ruby Glaze - Hot Shot Willie* Ruby Glaze - Hot Shot Willie* - Searching The Desert For The Blues / Lonesome Day Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5391 US 1934 Sell This Version
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7117 Hillbilly Willie's Blues / Your Time To Worry — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Hillbilly Willie's Blues / Your Time To Worry(Shellac, 10") Decca 7117 US 1935 Sell This Version
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7093 Dying Gambler / God Don't Like It — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie* And Kate McTell Blind Willie* And Kate McTell - Dying Gambler / God Don't Like It(Shellac, 10") Decca 7093 US 1935 Sell This Version
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7810 Cold Winter Day / Lay Some Flowers On My Grave — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Cold Winter Day / Lay Some Flowers On My Grave(Shellac, 10") Decca 7810 US 1935 Sell This Version
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7140 Ain’t It Grand To Be A Christian / We Got To Meet Death One Day — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell, Kate McTell Blind Willie McTell, Kate McTell - Ain’t It Grand To Be A Christian / We Got To Meet Death One Day(Shellac, 10") Decca 7140 US 1935 Sell This Version
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3272 It's My Desire / Hide Me In Thy Bosom — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie* It's My Desire / Hide Me In Thy Bosom(Shellac, 10") Regal Records (2) 3272 US 1950 Sell This Version
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891 Broke-Down Engine Blues / Kill It, Kid — Blind Willie McTell Barrelhouse Sammy* Broke-Down Engine Blues / Kill It, Kid(Shellac, 10") Atlantic 891 US 1950 Sell This Version
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Compilations

L 1005 The Early Years 1927-1933 — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell The Early Years 1927-1933 (Comp) Belzona Records L 1005 US 1968 Sell This Version
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RL-324 King Of The Georgia Blues Singers (1929-1935) — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell King Of The Georgia Blues Singers (1929-1935) (Comp) Roots (2) RL-324 Austria 1969 Sell This Version
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BLP-C-14 Death Cell Blues — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Death Cell Blues(LP, Comp) Biograph BLP-C-14 US 1973 Sell This Version
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L-1037 1927-1935 — Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell 1927-1935 (Comp) Yazoo L-1037 US 1974 Sell This Version