Blind Joe Hill

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Blind Joe Hill
Birth nameJoseph Thomas Hill
Born(1931-01-07)January 7, 1931
Dunbar, West Virginia, United States.
Diedc. November 7, 1998(1998-11-07) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) One-man band
Instruments Guitar, drums, harmonica, vocals
Years active1950s1998
Labels Barrelhouse, L+R

Blind Joe Hill (January 7, 1931 November 1998) [1] [2] was an American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and drummer.

A one-man band, he was adopted and named Joseph Thomas Hill after being born in Dunbar, West Virginia, United States. [2] He played in the styles of Joe Hill Louis and Doctor Ross. [1] He used his craggy vocals supported by guitar, bass, and drums, and was one of the last practitioners of the one-man blues band tradition. [3] Hill recorded two albums under his own name on the Barrelhouse [4] and L+R labels, [2] and was part of the 1985 American Folk Blues Festival touring Europe.

He died in Los Angeles, California, and was cremated on November 17, 1998. [1]

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