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Furry Lewis
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    (March 6, 1893-September 14, 1981)
    Born in Greenwood, Mississippi
    Birth name was Walter Lewis
    Blues singer and guitarist
    Songs included 'Kassie Jones,' 'John Henry,' 'Billy Lyons and Stack-O-Lee,' 'Good Morning Judge,' 'Furry's Worried Blues,' 'I'm Black,' 'Good Looking Girl Blues' and 'A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird'
    Appeared in the film 'W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings' (1975)
    While performing in medicine shows, he appeared in blackface.
    He lost his leg in an accident when he tried to jump onto a freight train (1917); he had over $200 in cash on him and could have easily afforded a ticket.
    When he got tired of life as a touring musician, he got a job as a street sweeper in Memphis.
    When Joni Mitchell wrote the song 'Furry Sings the Blues' about him, his response was to complain that he was not getting any royalties from it.
    While he was playing a home-made guitar on the street for money, he was spotted by W.C. Handy, who recognized his talent and bought him his first real guitar.
    He was rediscovered during the early 60s folk revival.
    He twice was the opening act when the Rolling Stones played Memphis.
    He was the first black man named an Honorary Colonel by the state of Tennessee (1973).
    In his later years, he began losing his eyesight due to cataracts.

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