Henry 'Son' Sims
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Henry 'Son' Sims
Henry "Son" Sims
Henry Sims
Born (1890-08-22)August 22, 1890
Anguilla, Mississippi, United States
Died December 23, 1958(1958-12-23) (aged 68)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Delta blues[1]
Fiddler, songwriter
Instruments Fiddle, guitar, piano, mandolin[2]
1920s-1950s
Labels Paramount
Charlie Patton, Muddy Waters

Henry "Son" Sims (August 22, 1890 - December 23, 1958)[1] was an American Delta blues fiddler and songwriter. He is best known as an accompanist for Charley Patton and the young Muddy Waters.

Life and career

Sims was born in Anguilla, Mississippi,[1] the only son of five children. He learned to play the fiddle from his grandfather.[1] Sims served with the US Army in France during World War I.

Sims went on to be the leader of the Mississippi Corn Shuckers, a rural string ensemble, and played with them for a number of years. He joined his childhood friend Charley Patton in a recording session for Paramount Records in Grafton, Wisconsin, in June 1929.[1][3][4][5] Sims accompanied Patton on fiddle on thirteen tracks,[4] including "Elder Greene Blues", "Going to Move to Alabama" and "Devil Sent the Rain Blues";[3] and recorded four of his own songs, including "Tell Me Man Blues", his best-known composition, and "Farrell Blues".[1] He played alongside Patton at times until the Patton's death in 1934,[5] when Sims returned to working on a plantation.[3] By then he could also play the mandolin, guitar and piano.[1]

On August 28, 1941, Sims accompanied Muddy Waters in a recording session[1][6] under the direction of Alan Lomax, as part of his recordings for the Library of Congress.[3] In the 1940s, Sims also accompanied Robert Nighthawk on several occasions. He continued a solo career into the 1950s.[5]

Sims died following renal surgery in December 1958 in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 68.[2] He was buried in an unmarked grave in Bell Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi.[5]

Recordings

Year Title Album
1929 "Tell Me Man Blues" Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton;
Violin, Sing the Blues for Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949
1929 "Farrell Blues" Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton;
The Great Race Record Labels, Vol. 1
1929 "Be True, Be True Blues" Mississippi Blues 1927-1941
1929 "Come Back Corrina" Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton

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See also

Further reading

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Layne, Joslyn. "Henry 'Son' Sims: Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The 50s and Earlier". TheDeadRockStarsClub.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b c d Gioia, Ted (2008). Delta Blues. New York: W. W. Norton. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-393-06258-8. 
  4. ^ a b Dicaire, David (1999). Blues Singers: Biographies of 50 Legendary Artists of the Early 20th Century. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 7. ISBN 0-7864-0606-2. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Henry 'Son' Sims". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "McKinley Morganfield 'Muddy Waters': Delta School". Cr.nps.gov. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ "Henry 'Son' Sims: Songs". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mississippi Blues 1927-1941 (Yazoo, 1968)". Record-fiend.blogspot.co.uk. June 7, 2010. Retrieved 2012. 

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