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St. Louis Jimmy Oden

Few blues tracks have stood the test of Dad Period as enduringly as “Goin’ Straight down Gradual.” Its composer, St. Louis Jimmy Oden, endured rather impressively himself — he documented through the early ’30s and was still at it a lot more than three years later. If not really for …

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James Oden

b. 26 June 1903, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, d. 30 Dec 1977, Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was also called St. Louis Jimmy, Big Bloke, Poor Boy and Aged Guy Oden. Although he was a reasonably able pianist, Oden’s popularity rests primarily on his prowess like a blues vocalist and composer. His …

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