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Sleepy John Estes

Tracks: 150 Albums: 55 Lyrics: 12

Genre: blues


John Adam Estes (Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee 25 January 1899 or 1904 — Brownsville, Haywood County,Tennessee 5 June 1977), best known as Sleepy John Estes or Sleepy John, was a blues guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.

In 1915, Estes’s father, a sharecropper who also played some guitar, moved the family to Brownsville, Tennessee. Not long after, Estes lost the sight of his right eye when a friend threw a rock at him during a baseball game.


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