Charley Patton

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    Early Influences
Charley Patton

Before Jimi Hendrix mastered the guitar, before Chuck Berry pioneered rock & roll, before Robert Johnson strummed a single chord – Charley Patton did it all.

Hall of Fame Essay


Ashley Kahn

"The blues, apparently, began in the mists.” So wrote music historian Luc Sante in a brilliant essay on the folk style from which so much American music, and now worldwide expression, has grown. One of the very first stars of the country blues – the OG of Delta blues, to be specific – was Charley Patton.

Cover of the 2021 Induction Program Book
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