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Henry Townsend

Born October 27, 1909

 
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Henry Townsend Marker
Inscription.  A great Blues guitarist and pianist, Henry Townsend grew up near Cairo, Illinois. After moving to St. Louis, he made his first record in 1929. During the 1930s, he played with many of the early Blues giants, including Walter Davis, Roosevelt Sykes and Robert Johnson. The author of hundreds of sons and sideman on countless recordings, Townsend became the patriarch of St. Louis Blues, was featured in a BBC documentary, and recorded in each of eight decades. Recognized as a "master artist," he received the National Heritage Award in 1985. Blues Unlimited magazine called Henry Townsend "a commanding genius of a musician."
 
Erected 1995 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the St. Louis Walk of Fame marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.356′ N, 90° 18.355′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard east of Leland Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6610 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
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distance of this marker. A.E. Hotchner (a few steps from this marker); Charles Eames (a few steps from this marker); Virginia Mayo (a few steps from this marker); Agnes Moorehead (within shouting distance of this marker); Theodore Link (within shouting distance of this marker); Trolleys, Cars and Carriages. Oh My! (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Armstrong (within shouting distance of this marker); William Clark (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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