Gus Cannon

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Birthday
12, 1883
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Oct 15, 1979 (96)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
12, 1883
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Oct 15, 1979 (96)

About

Blues musician who was a pioneer in the jug band movement and founded Cannon's Jug Stompers group.

Before Fame

He fashioned his own guitar from a frying pan and raccoon skin, and by the time he began performing, he could play a five-string banjo and a jug at the same time.

Trivia

Once forming his seminal band, the Jug Stompers, and signing with RCA, he recorded some of the earliest blues tunes, like "Walk Right In."

Family Life

He was born on plantation in Red Banks, Mississippi, moving to Clarksdale at age twelve.

Associated With

Growing up in Clarksdale, his musical influences, like those of many others, came from the great bluesman W.C. Handy.