Bluesman, Skip James recorded for Paramount Records in 1931; those recordings sold poorly because they were released during the Great Depression, which caused Skip to then drift into obscurity. Who was responsible for rediscovering Skip James in 1964?
Who was responsible for rediscovering Skip James in 1964?
D.) John Fahey
For 30 years Skip James hadn't recorded or performed - only on rare occasion. In 1964, John Fahey, with the help of blues guitarist Bill Barth and Canned Heat guitarist Henry Vestine, found Skip James in a hospital in Tunica, Mississippi. The "rediscovery" of Skip James amongst other rediscovered folk musicians marked the start of the blues revival in the United States. In July 1964 Skip James and other rediscovered blues musicians appeared at the Newport Folk Festival. Several photographs by the promoter captured this performance which was James's first in over 30 years. After that, James recorded for Takoma Records, Melodeon Records, and Vanguard Records and performed at various engagements until his death in 1969.
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