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There are two artists who used the name Dick Justice.

Dick Justice (born Henry Franklin Justice april 3, 1903, died September 12,1962), was an influential blues and folk musician who hailed from West Virginia, United States. He recorded ten songs for Brunswick Records in Chicago in 1929. He was heavily influenced by black musicians, particularly Luke Jordan who recorded in 1927 and 1929 for Victor Records. Justice’s “Cocaine” is a verse-for-verse cover of the Jordan track of the same name recorded two years earlier. The song “Brownskin Blues” is also stylistically akin the much of Jordan’s work but stands on its own as a Justice original. As Jordan hailed from around Lynchburg, Virginia it is perhaps worth speculating that the two may have been associates. Justice is also musically related to Frank Hutchison (with whom he played music and worked as a coal miner in Logan County, West Virginia) and The Williamson Brothers. His recording of the traditional ballad ‘Henry Lee’ is the opening track of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. He also worked closely with Reese Jarvis(1899-1967) who played violin on “Muskrat Rag “and “Poca River Blues”.

There was also an alternative rock band from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois named Dick Justice. They formed in late 1991, taking their name from one Richard Justice . . .


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