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Bill Williams

b. 28 February 1897, Richmond, Virginia, USA, d. 6 October 1973, Greenup, Kentucky, USA. Williams claimed to have played ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ within 15 minutes of picking up a guitar in 1908, and his awesome abilities when aged over 70 with an arthritic wrist lend his claim credibility. By 1922, he had settled in Greenup to work as a trackliner after a period of wandering, and played thereafter for the local white audience. His repertoire included the ‘blues, rags and ballads’ of his posthumous album, songster material such as ‘Chicken’ and ‘Railroad Bill’, white fiddle pieces transposed to guitar, and pop songs such as ‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball’ and ‘Up A Lazy River’. There was even a ragtime version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. Discovered in 1970, he had a brief, and professedly reluctant, career playing concerts and television shows.
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Track List: Classic African American Songsters From Smithsonian Folkways

1. Bring It On Down To My House

2. Talking Blues

3. Nobody's Business (If I Do)

4. Alabama Bound

5. Pallet On The Floor

6. Chicken You Can't Roost Too High For Me

8. Candy Man

9. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad

10. Froggy Went-A-Courting

11. Monday Morning Blues

12. The Boys Of Your Uncle Sam

13. Raise A Ruckus Tonight

14. Reno Factory

15. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

16. Honeysuckle Rose

17. Bill Bailey

18. When The Roses Bloom Again

19. Straighten Up And Fly Right

20. Careless Love

21. They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree

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Track List: Classic Appalachian Blues From Smithsonian Folkways

1. My Baby's Gone

2. Louise Blues

3. Sitting On Top Of The World

4. Railroad Bill

5. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

6. You Don't Know My Mind

7. Blues Around My Bed

8. Hesitation Blues

9. Pawn Shop Blues

10. The Road Is Rough And Rocky

11. Hoodoo Blues

12. Red River Blues

13. Walking Cane Peg Leg

14. One Dime Blues

15. Mississippi Heavy Water Blues

16. Outskirts Of Town

17. See What You Done Done

18. I Got A Woman

19. Girl Dressed In Green

20. Blues In The Morning

21. Wine Blues (Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee)

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