Who was/is Buell Kazee ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
The career of Kentucky-born Buell Kazee (1900-1976) spanned two eras: the late 1920s, when he recorded dozens of sides for Brunswick, and then again during the folk revival of the 1960s. Like Bradley Kincaid, Kazee possessed a sweet tenor voice and often sang traditional ballads that he had collected in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Formally trained in singing at Georgetown College, Kazee was almost too good for Brunswick's producers, who tried to get him to sing in a more rural manner as opposed to his polished concert voice. Gambler's Blues was described by Carl Sandburg as an "old Southern gutter song" and has been identified as being related to St. James Infirmary. Rodgers' version was a combination of both and titled Those Gambler's Blues.
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