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The Best Blues Nicknames

Published: 9/24/2013

Bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson was born 120 years ago today. His moniker is one of the great expressive names that make the blues landscape more colorful. Whose blues are you more likely to check out – Henry Jefferson's or Blind Lemon Jefferson's? The nickname is unique and seems to tell a story of its own – and somehow makes his great blues music feel all the more authentic.

Jefferson came by his blues nickname honestly – he was born Lemon Henry Jefferson, and he was also born blind. Some blues names are rooted in facts like those, while others are chosen for their catchy sound or evocative image. We've collected some of our favorite blues nicknames for this quiz – but we've removed a crucial part of each. Can you fill in the blanks to complete the names?




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Written by Linnea Crowther



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