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Encyclopedia > Robert Pete Williams

Robert Pete Williams (March 14, 1914December 31, 1980) was an American blues musician, based in Lousiana. His music characteristically employs unconventional blues tunings and structures, and his songs are often about the time he served in prison. His song "I've Grown So Ugly" has been covered by Captain Beefheart, on his album Safe as Milk (1967), and by The Black Keys, on Rubber Factory (2004). March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in Leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ... 1914 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... For other uses, see blues (disambiguation) Blues is a vocal and instrumental music form which emerged in the African-American community of the United States. ... Captain Beefheart Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941 in Glendale, California), is a musician and painter, best known under the pseudonym Captain Beefheart. ... Safe as milk is a Norwegian music festival in Haugesund. ... Image:Blackkeysofcoolness. ...

Williams was born in Zachary, Louisiana to sharecropping parents, and lived around the Baton Rouge area throughout his life. He was discovered in Angola prison, by ethnomusicologists Dr Harry Oster and Richard Allen, where he was serving a life sentence for shooting a man dead in a local club in 1956, an act which he claimed was in self-defense. Oster and Allen recorded Williams performing several of his songs about life in prison and pleaded for him to be pardonned. The pardon was partially granted in 1959, when Williams was released, although he could not leave Lousiana until he received a full pardon 1964. By this time, Williams' music had achieved some favorable word-of-mouth reviews, and he played his first concert outside Louisiana at that year's Newport Folk Festival. Williams went on to tour the United States, and played a number of shows with Mississippi Fred McDowell. He continued to play concerts and festivals into the late-1970s when his health began to decline. Williams died in Rosedale, Louisiana on December 31, 1980, at the age of 66. Zachary is a city located in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. ... State nickname: Pelican State Other U.S. States Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans, officially (currently Baton Rouge due to the evacuation of New Orleans) Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Official languages None; English and French de facto Area 134,382 km² (31st)  - Land 112,927 km²  - Water 21,455... Sharecropping is a system of farming in which employee farmers work a parcel of land in return for a fraction of the parcels crops. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge, French: Bâton-Rouge (pronounced in English, and in French) is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America, and is the second largest city in Louisiana behind [New Orleans. ... The Newport Folk Festival is an annual folk-oriented music festival founded in 1959 by George Wein, founder of the already-well-established Newport Jazz Festival, and his partner, Albert Grossman. ... Fred McDowell (January 12, 1904-July 3, 1972), called Mississippi Fred McDowell was a singer and guitar player of delta blues. ... Rosedale is a village located in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. ...


  • Koda, Cub & Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography". Retrieved Sept. 10, 2005.

External links

  • Robert Pete Williams at Fat Possum Records
  • Robert Pete Williams discography



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