CLIFFORD
Grandpappy GIBSON

 

 

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An outstanding country blues guitarist, apart from a relatively short recording career, Clifford Gibson spent all his life as a street musician in St. Louis. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1901, Gibson was primarily a self-taught guitarist and was strongly influenced by Lonnie Johnson. He moved to St. Louis when he was 21 years old and he spent the next eight years playing the streets and juke joints. In 1929 he went into the recording studio for the first time and over the next two years Gibson recorded more than twenty tracks. After that he went back to playing streets and bars in the St. Louis area. During the blues revival period  of the early 1960ís he recorded once more. Clifford Gibson died in St. Louis in 1963 ages 62.