had debuted with a single of solo blues
I'm Throwin' Up My Hands/ Cross and Evil Woman Blues (1935),
but, during the same sessions, also created a
soulful fusion of blues and gospel
("holy blues" numbers such as I Am The True Vine, I Am The Light Of The World, O Lord Search My Heart),
later perfected in
I Cannot Bear My Burden By Myself (1949) and
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (1956).
He didn't achieve recognition as an innovative guitarist
until he turned sixty, when his
Cocaine Blues (1957),
Candy Man (1957)
the instrumentals Buck Dance and I Didn't Want To Join The Band (1957),
all off his seminal album Pure Religion and Bad Company (1957),
Death Don't Have No Mercy (1960) and
Lovin' Spoonful (1965), became popular with the rock crowd.
He played the guitar like he played the piano, and was not afraid of complex tunings, minor keys and dissonance, of mixing ragtime, country and marches with blues chords.
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