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Louisiana, United States (1893 – 1956)

Freddie Spruell (December 28, 1893 – June 19, 1956) was an American Delta blues guitarist and singer.

He was variously billed as Papa Freddie or Mr. Freddie, and he is generally regarded as the first Delta bluesman to be recorded ("Milk Cow Blues", 1926). However, both Mamie Smith (1920) and Blind Lemon Jefferson (1925), pre-dated him in waxing the first 'blues' records. Details of his life are sketchy and sometimes contradictory.

Spruell was probably born in Lake Providence, Louisiana, United States… read more

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