Virgil Childers

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Virgil Childers
Birth nameVergil Childers
Born1901
Blacksburg, South Carolina, United States
DiedDecember 10, 1939 (aged 38)
Shelby, North Carolina, United States
Genres
Instruments
  • 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.

Biography[edit]

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]

Recordings[edit]

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"

References[edit]

  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.