Bill Gaither (blues musician)
|Birth name||William Arthur Gaither|
|Also known as||"Little Bill" Gaither
April 21, 1910|
Belmont, Bullitt County, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||October 30, 1970
Born in Belmont, Bullitt County, Kentucky, Gaither recorded over one hundred songs in the 1930s for labels such as Decca and Okeh. He often wrote and recorded with the pianist George "Honey" Hill. After his friend Leroy Carr's death in 1935, Gaither was often credited as "Leroy's Buddy".
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.
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