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Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer

 
 
Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
1. Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer Marker
Inscription. Singer-guitarist Luke Jordan (1892-1952) was a familiar presence on the streets of Lynchburg from the 1920s until World War II. Jordan and other African American musicians in the Southeast merged blues with an existing repertoire of ballads, ragtime, and tent-show songs, creating a syncopated and upbeat style now called Piedmont or East Coast Blues. The Victor Record Company, seeking blues artists to satisfy popular demand, recorded Jordan in 1927 and 1929, issuing classics such as "Church Bell Blues" and "Pick Poor Robin Clean." The Great Depression hurt sales and ended Jordan's career, but he remained an important and widely imitated Virginia blues musician.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-6-21.)
 
Location. 37° 24.701′ N, 79° 8.212′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Horseford Road, on the left when traveling north on Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynchburg History (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucile Barrow Turner (about 400 feet away, measured
Jefferson St & Horseford Rd (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
2. Jefferson St & Horseford Rd (facing north)
in a direct line); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (about 500 feet away); Civil War Lynchburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 0.4 miles away); Point of Beginning (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lynchburg (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
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Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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