Joseph Spence (August 3, 1910 - March 18, 1984) was a Bahamian guitarist and singer. He is well known for his vocalizations and humming while performing on guitar. Several American musicians, including Taj Mahal, The Grateful Dead, Ry Cooder, Catfish Keith, Woody Mann and Olu Dara, in addition to the British guitarist John Renbourn, were influenced by and have recorded variations of his arrangements of gospel and Bahamian songs.
Born in Andros, Bahamas in 1910, Spence was the son of a pastor, and got his start in music as a teenager playing in his great uncle Tony Spence's band. After leaving school he worked as a sponge fisher, stonemason, and carpenter, and as a crop cutter in the United States.
The earliest recordings of Joseph Spence were made on Spence's porch by folk musicologist Samuel Charters in 1958, with Charters initially thinking that Spence's guitar playing was the work of two players duelling.Читать далее в Википедии...
Альбомы и синглы:
- Bahamian Guitarist [альбом]
- Happy All the Time [альбом]
- Music of the Bahamas, Volume One: Bahaman Folk Guitar [1959, альбом]
- Good Morning Mr. Walker [1972, альбом]
- Living on the Hallelujah Side [1989, альбом]
- Glory [1990, альбом]
- Complete Folkways Recordings [сборник]
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