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Blind Willie McTell

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Biography

Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier; May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta bluesmen, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

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  1.  
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    Delia was a gamblin',
    Gambled all around.
    Delia was a gamblin' girl,
    she laid her money down.
    She's all I got, and it's gone.
    Delia  -  115,253 plays
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    I got the dark night blues
    I'm feeling awful bad
    I got the dark night blues
    Mama, I'm feeling awful bad
    That's the worst ol' feeling
    Dark Night Blues  -  33,810 plays
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