Jim Jackson

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African American blues and hokum singer, songster and guitarist

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According to Wikipedia, Jim Jackson was an American blues and hokum singer, songster, and guitarist, whose recordings in the late 1920s were popular and influential on later musicians. Biography Jackson was born in Hernando, Mississippi. The researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc date his birth as 1876, but other sources give 1884 or 1890. He was raised on a farm, where he learned to play guitar. Around 1905 he started working as a singer, dancer, and musician in medicine shows and played at dances and parties, often with other local musicians, such as Gus Cannon, Frank Stokes and Robert Wilkins. He soon began travelling with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, featuring Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and other minstrel shows.

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