Bill Gaither (blues musician)
|Also known as||"Little Bill" Gaither
|Died||Uncertain; probably 1970|
Bill Gaither (April 21, 1910 or 1905 or 1908, Belmont, Kentucky — 1956 or more likely 1970) sometimes known as "Little Bill" Gaither or Leroy's Buddy, was an American blues guitarist and singer.
Gaither recorded hundred of songs for labels such as Decca, Arhoolie and Okeh. He often partnered with the pianist George "Honey" Hill. One of Gaither's most famous blues songs was "Champ Joe Louis", recorded on June 23, 1938, the day after Louis won his rematch against Max Schmeling. Ethnomusicologists have cited Gaither among a group of important but understudied 20th century musicians. His blues lyrics have been appreciated as poetry. Gaither is buried in New Crown Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana, where jazz musician Wes Montgomery is also interred.
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