Big Amos Patton

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Big Amos Patton came to music with one of the more extraordinary pedigrees a man could have, as a nephew of Charley Patton himself. Born in 1921 in Sardis, MS, he grew up along with the blues as a recorded…
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Big Amos Patton came to music with one of the more extraordinary pedigrees a man could have, as a nephew of Charley Patton himself. Born in 1921 in Sardis, MS, he grew up along with the blues as a recorded medium, and his own style was heavily influenced by that of Rice Miller, aka Sonny Boy Williamson II. He moved to West Memphis, AR, after serving in World War II, mostly working with Joe Willie Wilkins, doing radio shows and playing local juke joints. During the early '60s, Patton started shopping around a song he'd written called "He Won't Bite Me Twice," which he intended to record himself. After turning down the offer of a publishing deal from Stax Records (who apparently wanted the song for Albert King), he ended up at Hi Records for five years, recording intermittently and performing all over his section of the South, and was good enough to rate a spot in one installment of the mid-'60s television soul showcase The !!!! Beat (host/creator Hoss Allen must've loved his work). "He Won't Bite Me Twice" ended up being as close to a signature tune as Patton ever had, but he was never heard from again on record following its inclusion on a Hi anthology album in the mid-'70s