Curtis Jones (pianist)

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Curtis Jones
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Background information
Birth nameCurtis Jones
Born(1906-08-18)August 18, 1906
Naples, Texas, United States
DiedSeptember 11, 1971(1971-09-11) (aged 65)
Munich, Germany
GenresPiano blues
Occupation(s)Pianist, singer
Instrument(s)Piano, guitar
Years activeLate 1930s–1971
LabelsVocalion, Okeh, Bluebird, Parrot, Bluesville, Delmark, Decca, Blue Horizon[1]

Curtis Jones (August 18, 1906 – September 11, 1971)[2] was an American blues pianist.


Jones was born in Naples, Texas, United States,[2] to sharecropping parents,[3] and played guitar whilst young but switched to piano after a move to Dallas. He often played guitar on one or two songs on his albums and at live performances.[4] In 1936 he relocated to Chicago, where he recorded between 1937 and 1941 on Vocalion, Bluebird, and OKeh. Among his best-known tunes from these recordings were the hit "Lonesome Bedroom Blues" and the song "Tin Pan Alley".[4] His "Decoration Blues" though unissued at the time, was recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson I in 1938. World War II interrupted his recording career, which he did not resume until 1953, when a single of his, "Wrong Blues"/"Cool Playing Blues", was released on Parrot, featuring L. C. McKinley on guitar.

Jones's first album appeared in 1960 on Bluesville, by which time he had become a noted performer on the Chicago folk music scene.[4] A solo album was released in 1962, by which time Jones had moved to Europe. He lived there and in Morocco for the rest of his life.[4] He made further albums in the UK, including one in 1968 that featured Alexis Korner on guitar.[4]

Onne of Jones' songs, "Highway 51 Blues", was included on Bob Dylan's 1962 debut album, Bob Dylan.[5]

Jones died of heart failure in Munich, Germany, in 1971, at the age of 65.[2][6]



  1. ^ Olderen, Martin van, Blues and Troubles, Linernotes OL 2824, 1980
  2. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1309. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ Giles Oakley (1997). The Devil's Music. Da Capo Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-306-80743-5.
  4. ^ a b c d e Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 128. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.
  5. ^ "Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Doc Rock. "The 1970s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved March 13, 2013.