The 2015 package features Tommy Johnson’s rare 1929 “Ridin’ Horse”/”Alcohol and Jake Blues” (Paramount 12950), taken from a rare 78 a sharp-eyed buyer found at an estate sale — only one other copy was known to exist — and sold on eBay for $37,100.
Sentenced to prison for the murder of his wife, Alger ‘Texas’ Alexander didn’t just sing the blues, he lived them.
The blues group hit its peak with a release on Okeh. But in 1932, The Sheiks produced a six-pack of records with Paramount that are very hard to find today.
As quickly as Hurt came onto the scene, he was gone, because his later records didn’t sell as well as “Frankie.”