Henry Stuckey

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b. 11 April 1897, Bentonia, Mississippi, USA, d. 9 March 1966, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Stuckey is best known as the apparent originator of a local style of blues guitar playing and singing, mostly…
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b. 11 April 1897, Bentonia, Mississippi, USA, d. 9 March 1966, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Stuckey is best known as the apparent originator of a local style of blues guitar playing and singing, mostly associated with Skip James, also from Bentonia. He had taught himself guitar in childhood, which may partly account for the rather odd uses of open tunings that James was to exploit so effectively on his records. The two men played together frequently in the 20s, but Stuckey did not make any records when James did so in 1931. He claimed later to have recorded in 1935, but no trace of any recordings has been found. He remained sporadically active in music, mainly on a local basis, although he also worked for a while in Omaha, Nebraska.