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Jack Kelly

b. c.1905, Mississippi, USA, d. c.1960, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Kelly’s first jug band, formed in 1925, included Frank Stokes, Dan Sane and Will Batts. Kelly, Batts, Sane and juggist D.M. Higgs recorded as the South Memphis Jug Band in 1933. (Kelly, Batts and a guitarist, possibly Ernest Lawlars, recorded again in 1939.) Their sound was characterized by Kelly’s vibrant singing, the broad, bluesy tones of Batts’ fiddle and the complex interplay of twin guitars. Kelly’s penchant for re-recording the… Show more

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