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Tommy McClennan (January 4, 1905 – May 9, 1961) was an American Delta blues singer and guitarist.

Tommy McClennan was born in Yazoo City in April of 1908, according to Big Bill Broonzy in his book "Big Bill Blues." However, McClennan's death certificate cites his birthplace as Durant (Holmes County) and the date as January 4, 1905." He played and sang blues in a rough, energetic style.

He made a series of recordings for Bluebird Records from 1939 through… read more

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  • Avatar for thestr8sounds
    excellant, I'm a Guitar King is great song
  • Avatar for wendell3
    Well unless they were wire recordings -- and these sound way too high-fidelity for that -- then they presumably ALL had to be 78s, even the masters? Maybe they had actual metal masters or stampers in the archives. Anyway I guess it certainly was the age of electrical recording by then, but shit... :-) Really surprising!
  • Avatar for CoolJack
    Yeah wendell I was really surprised at the quality of Tommy McClennans records. My guess is that they were really well preserved in the Bluebird archives.. If you listen to alot of other Bluebird recordings such as those by Peetie wheatstraw that were recorded around the same time as Tommy McClennan they are of similar quality. Though by comparison Bo Carters late bluebird recordings are no where near as well preserved. Though guess that was because they were recorded from 78's rather than the masters.
  • Avatar for wendell3
    Is it just me or are these recording from the Complete Recordings collections peculiarly high-fidelity for their apparent age?
  • Avatar for Foghat
    me too

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