Died: 14 September 1981, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
American Country/Delta blues guitarist, singer & songwriter, who began recording on the Vocalion label in 1927. His stamping ground - despite the fact he had lost a leg - was in & around the Memphis scene, such as Pee Wee's near his home on Beale street, with a day job as a street-sweeper until his retirement in 1966.
In 1972 he was part of the renowned Memphis Blues Caravan, along with artists such as Bukka White, Sleepy John Estes & Sam Chatmon. He twice opened for The Rolling Stones and even acquired a profile in Playboy magazine. He died of heart-failure aged 82, shortly after contracting pneumonia, and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, South Memphis.
Furry Lewis Discography
- 53 Vocals
- 57 Instruments & Performance
- 85 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Featuring & Presenting
- 1 Acting, Literary & Spoken