OK Folks Thanks so much for enjoying this awesome series with me!
I enjoyed writing this and sharing my love, my knowledge and my research with you.
As always here’s a re-cap list of past choices for this honor.
In 1946 when the world of country music was unbeknownst to it’s future first superstar Hank Williams,
it lost one of it’s very first and earliest noted performers dating back to late 1800’s.
I so greatly delved into further studying this man and I think you’ll be astounded by
my number 10 pick. Riley Puckett.
George Riley Puckett was born May 7th 1894 in Alpharetta Georgia, and an accident during his childhood
left him blind and deaf in his left ear.
In 1924 he and fiddle player Gid Tanner went to New York,where they recorded twelve songs for
Columbia records. It was Columbia’s first country music genre contribution.
In his song “Rock All Our Babies To Sleep” he was documented as the first ever artist
to yodel on record.
In 1929 he and several others recorded in Atlanta more songs for Columbia records and
continued for Bluebird records into 1934.
He was a charter founding member of the Skillet Lickers and continued to perform with
them as a side project also until 1934.
He recorded well into the 1940’s recording more than 200 records on labels such as
Columbia,Decca and Bluebird.
He was well known for his great musicianship and was one of the first people to
ever introduce bass runs and solos in his music.
He was most noted for his biggest hit “Ragged But I’m Right” which was covered
by so many artists…I can’t name them all.
He died July 13th 1946 of blood poisoning and was inducted into the Georgia Music
Hall Of Fame in 1986.