Best known for his work in collaboration with guitar partner Frank Stokes, Dan Sane was born in Michigan, Mississippi on January 24, 1904. Upon relocating to Memphis during the 1920s, he played in the string band led by violinist Will Batts; there Sane first began playing with Stokes, and the two guitarists also worked together in Jack Kelly's jug band. When the duo made their first recordings for the Paramount label in 1927, they had emerged among the most complementary duos in all of the blues, with Sane's flatpicking ideally embellished by Stokes' fluid rhythms. They moved to Victor in 1928, but by the following year were back on Paramount; these 1929 sides were their last together, although Sane continued performing with Stokes up until the latter's 1952 retirement. Sane died in Memphis on February 18, 1956.
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