Instruments: Guitar
Date of Birth: May, 1905
Place of Birth: Fort Deposit, Alabama
Date of Death: 1965

A guitarist who also recorded as ‘Barefoot Bill' and ‘Sluefoot Joe' between 1927 and 1930. Bell stands as the most influential Alabama artist in pre-war blues recordings. With well over three-quarters of his material issued, Bell's ‘Mamlish Blues' and ‘Hambone Blues' were to define the style of the region and his contemporaries. His influences could still be detected in the 70's recordings of fellow Alabamian, John Lee. The circumstances of Bell's death are shrouded in mystery but it is thought he died in the 60's during a civil right's march.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Edward 'Ed' Bell was born at Fort Deposit, Alabama, in 1905. Possibly the most influential pre-war Alabama blues guitarist and vocalist, he also recorded using the pseudonyms 'Barefoot Bill' and 'Sluefoot Sam'. His entire recording profile was laid down between 1927 and 1930 and perhaps his best known songs were ‘Mamlish Blues' and ‘Hambone Blues'. His is thought to have died in 1965 whilst taking part in a civil rights march.

 

Source: http://thebluestrail.com/artists/mus_ebell.htm

Discography at: http://www.wirz.de/music/bellefrm.htm

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