Virgil Childers

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Virgil Childers
Birth nameVergil Childers
Blacksburg, South Carolina, United States
DiedDecember 10, 1939 (aged 38)
Shelby, North Carolina, United States
  • Guitar
  • vocals

Virgil Childers (1901 – December 10, 1939)[1] was an American blues musician, who hailed from South Carolina, United States. Little is known of his life.


Childers was born in Blacksburg, South Carolina to parents Pick Childers and Sarah Smith, and resided there for the duration of his life.[2] Childers recorded six songs for Bluebird Records in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1938. The recordings are a variety of blues songs, pop music of the time, and Tin Pan Alley tunes. Childers played in a ragtime style that is reminiscent of a swing band.

On December 10, 1939, Childers was shot and killed while trying to escape from a police officer in Shelby, North Carolina. Childers was buried in Shelby on December 13, 1939.[2]


All recordings were made on January 25, 1938 in Charlotte, North Carolina[2][3]

  • "Preacher & the Bear"
  • "Red River Blues"
  • "Somebody Stole My Jane"
  • "Travelin' Man"
  • "Dago Blues"
  • "Who's That Knockin' On My Door"


  1. ^ Bob L. Eagle, Eric S. LeBlanc (May 1, 2013). "Blues: A Regional Experience". ABC-CLIO. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Benjamin Franklin V (May 1, 2013). "An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians". ABC-CLIO. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Steven Abrams. "Bluebird Records 78rpm Discography". Retrieved November 17, 2016.