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Offline TonyGilroy

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Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« on: September 22, 2013, 05:09:31 AM »
I've just bought the One Day 2CD Okeh Blues compilation. 50 tracks for ?5 approx and not all the obvious stuff.

Amongst the cover photos there's the usual one of Lemon Jefferson. Seemingly the only verified, published photo.

So what's this on the inside cover?

Looks like the same tie and background.



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Offline uncle bud

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 09:07:40 AM »
Hard to tell from the resolution, tinted screen and moire, but it looks like a computer generated image to me at first glance. A good one though.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2013, 09:11:06 AM by uncle bud »

Offline Rivers

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 10:10:33 AM »
Even has the same painted-on collar and tie!

Offline TonyGilroy

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 10:25:08 AM »

It's on a dirt cheap compilation where all the other photos are well known.

I wouldn't know if it's genuine but it could be a second photo from the same session. Maybe a Paramount pic that hasn't been known to have been used.

Genuine or not though I'd love to know the circumstances whereby One Day came upon it. I can't see that they'd have a motive to create it given that it's tucked away on a virtual giveaway CD set.

And it does look genuine to me.

Offline CF

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 11:06:17 AM »
A second photo of Blind Lemon that is this close-up & intimate would be well known, I would imagine. This looks computer generated to me.
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Offline Alexei McDonald

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2013, 02:31:48 PM »
It seems to be a photograph of one of Kimiaki Ishizuka's jazz & blues figurines.

http://www.kimiaki.net/index2.htm

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
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Offline jrn

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2013, 04:41:04 PM »
It's a new Robert Johnson photo, actually.
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Offline Rivers

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2013, 04:56:40 PM »
Ah, the famous bbq and beer phase... Seriously though, great sleuthing Alexei.

Offline TonyGilroy

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2013, 11:28:50 PM »
It seems to be a photograph of one of Kimiaki Ishizuka's jazz & blues figurines.

http://www.kimiaki.net/index2.htm


Problem solved I think, thanks.

Shame though.

Offline Harry

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 05:19:35 AM »

Amongst the cover photos there's the usual one of Lemon Jefferson. Seemingly the only verified, published photo.

A second photo of Blind Lemon that is this close-up & intimate would be well known, I would imagine. This looks computer generated to me.

Is the following photo (found along with other photographs and printed record company flyers in a box of white country 78s in North Carolina in 1994) not being recognized as a official Jefferson image (source; "A Twist of Lemon" by Paul Swinton) ?



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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2015, 05:30:34 AM »
 Published in Blues & Rhythm 121 (Aug 1997 pps 4-9) by Paul Swinton entitled "A Twist of Lemon."

Offline jpeters609

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2015, 07:16:47 AM »
It should be noted that Mack McCormick is said to be in possession of another Blind Lemon Jefferson photo, which was shown to the author of a McCormick profile published in Texas Monthly in April, 2002. As the author (Michael Hall) writes:

"In his fieldwork McCormick was finding that the trails of many of the dead Texas bluesmen were still warm. For example, he found and interviewed the family of Blind Lemon Jefferson, who had died in 1929. Jefferson?s sister, Carrie, who lived in the tiny north-central town of Wortham, told McCormick that her brother didn?t want people to know he was blind, so he would nonchalantly escort her around Dallas, plucking the guitar he carried as an echo device to guide him. She gave McCormick a real treasure, a photo of her brother that had never been published (only one picture of him has been). In it, Jefferson is leaning against a building, plump and relaxed, his tiny glasses on his face."

You can find the entire article here:  http://www.texasmonthly.com/content/mack-mccormick-still-has-blues
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Offline CF

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2015, 09:55:59 AM »
Well sir, I did not know about a 3rd Lemon photo. Probably never see it  :(
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Offline Harry

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson image
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2015, 09:29:19 AM »

It should be noted that Mack McCormick is said to be in possession of another Blind Lemon Jefferson photo

I wonder what other treasures there are in his enormous archive. Besides the Robert Johnson photo, possibly unissued Robert Johnson side, Blind Lemon Jefferson photo among others.

 


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