Too Tight Henry
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Too Tight Henry
|Birth name||Henry Lee Castle|
Georgia, United States
|Died||August 16, 1971 (aged 71/72)|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Associated acts||Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Jed Davenport, Beale Street Jug Band|
Castle was born in Georgia in 1899. He played a twelve-string guitar, a common instrument with Georgia blues musicians at the time. Before moving to and residing in Memphis, Tennessee, he travelled and played music with contemporary blues musicians Blind Blake and Blind Lemon Jefferson. For a period of time in the 1930s, Castle also lived in Helena, Arkansas. In 1928, he recorded two sides for Columbia Records, a two-part song called "Charleston Contest", a song in which Castle talks to himself in different voices and brags about his ability on the guitar. In 1930, he recorded two more sides in Chicago, Illinois for Brunswick Records. These sides show a more relaxed side to Castle, and he is accompanied by a guitarist and a harmonica player.
After these two sessions, he played in Jed Davenport's Beale Street Jug Band.
Recorded October 27, 1928 for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia
Recorded October 2, 1930 for Brunswick Records
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