American blues singer and guitarist best known for his song "The Jail House Blues."
He began his career performing in local barrelhouses and was noticed for his use of falsetto singing and slide guitar.
He first recorded at Gennett Records in 1927 and released several subsequent albums under different pseudonyms.
He was born in Louisiana but grew up in McComb, Mississippi where he first began performing.
Louis Armstrong also had early recordings on Gennett Records.