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Henry Townsend

Inspired by Roosevelt Sykes and Lonnie Johnson, Henry Townsend was a commanding musician, adept on both piano and guitar. Through the ’20s and ’30s, Townsend was among the music artists that helped make St. Louis among the blues centers of America. Townsend found its way to St. Louis when he …

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Henry Townsend & Friends

b. 27 Oct 1909, Shelby, Mississippi, USA. Townsend, d. 24 Sept 2006, Mequon, Wisconsin, USA. Townsend aka As well Tight Henry, grew up in Cairo, Illinois, after that shifted to St. Louis in the past due 20s. He used electric guitar at about age 15, and was a forceful and …

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