Blind Roosevelt Graves !
Go Mamuwalde Go !
A quick note to introduce ourselves to the great Roosevelt Graves and a good excuse to play 3 of my favorite tracks !
On all his recordings, Roosevelt Graves played with his brother Uaroy Graves, who was also nearly blind and played the tambourine. They were credited as "Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother". Their first recordings were made in 1929 for Paramount Records.
For a number of years, the subject of Uaroy's identity was disputed. In several books, magazine articles, and album liner notes that mentioned the Graves brothers, the names "Aaron" or "Leroy" were substituted for Uaroy, on the assumption that the otherwise unknown name Uaroy must have arisen due to the poor penmanship of a recording company employee whose handwritten notes were misinterpreted.
In July 1936 they were located by talent broker H. C. Speir, who arranged for them to record in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, according to some sources at the train station although Speir later told Wardlow that the recordings took place in a temporary studio in the Hotel Hattiesburg at Mobile Street and Pine Street. For the session they were joined by local piano player Cooney Vaughn, who performed weekly on radio station WCOC in Meridian prior to World War II, & the trio were billed on record as the Mississippi Jook Band.
Well, now, enjoy !
Blind Roosevelt Graves :
* I'll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called) *
* Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind on Jesus) *
* When I Lay My Burdens Down *