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Puckett, Riley, 1894-1946.
circa 1925-1946; undated
.2 linear ft. (in
Riley Puckett (1894-1946), a vocalist,
guitarist and banjo player, was one of the most recorded performers in early
country music. He performed with many Atlanta area country groups and
frequently on Atlanta radio. The collection consists of a brief biography of
and list of recordings made by Riley Puckett, and nine photographic images of
Puckett, his family, and contemporary country musicians.
Scope and Content of the Collection
The Puckett collection consists of one folder containing a brief
biography of and list of recordings made by Riley Puckett, and nine
photographic images of Puckett, his family, and other contemporary country
musicians. One clipping has been transferred to the Ephemera file. Both the
printed materials and the photographic images are copies made from the
Biography of Riley Puckett
Riley Puckett was born May 7, 1894, and was blinded shortly after
birth. Despite his condition, Puckett became proficient as a vocalist,
guitarist and banjo player, performing with many Atlanta area country groups,
including the Hometown Boys String Band, the Skillet Lickers, the Sand Sifters,
the Georgia Red Hots and the Georgia Hot Shots. Puckett also recorded over 200
solo records for the Columbia, Decca and Bluebird labels; after Fiddlin' John
Carson, Puckett was the most frequently recorded southern singer at the time.
Puckett was a fixture at the annual Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers' Conventions,
held in Atlanta's old Municipal Auditorium, and was also one of the first
performers featured on WSB Radio after the station signed on in 1922. Puckett
performed on other Atlanta area stations, most notably WJTL, WGST, WNOX, WGAA
and WAGA. Riley Puckett died July 13, 1946. In 1983, Puckett was inducted into
the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.
Further information on Riley Puckett can be found in the
Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame News 2 (June
1983); in Wayne Daniel's articles, "The Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention:
1920 Edition," JEMF Quarterly XVI/58 and "Tex
Foreman [sic] and Curley Collins Remember Pop Eckler and His Young'Uns,"
JEMF Quarterly XVI/59. Other information can be
found in Wayne Daniel, Pickin' on Peachtree
(Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990).
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Puckett, Riley, 1894-1946
WSB (Radio station :
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in
departmental policies on reproduction.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], Riley Puckett Papers, M047, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Blanche Bailey, September 18, 1985 (M1985-13).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October
1987 (revised August 1998). EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, June
Related materials in this repository:
WSB Radio Records, M003, Popular Music Collection
Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection
Also see the Atlanta Country Music Research Guide page on the Popular
Music Collection website.
Separated material: During processing, a
clipping was separated to the Popular Music Ephemera File. See List of
Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.