Joseph Spence

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Joseph Spence (August 3, 1910 - March 18, 1984) was a Bahamian guitarist and singer. He is well known for his vocalizations and humming while performing on guitar. Several American musicians, including Taj Mahal, The Grateful Dead, Ry Cooder, Catfish Keith, Woody Mann and Olu Dara, in addition to the British guitarist John Renbourn, were influenced by and have recorded variations of his arrangements of gospel and Bahamian songs.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1959 Music of the Bahamas, Volume One: Bahaman Folk Guitar 1
1972 Good Morning Mr. Walker 1
1989 Living on the Hallelujah Side 1
1990 Glory 1
Bahamian Guitarist 1
Happy All the Time 1

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Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Complete Folkways Recordings 1

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