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Riley Puckett:

A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

October 1987

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 30, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Puckett, Riley, 1894-1946.
Title:Riley Puckett collection
Dates: circa 1925-1946; undated
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract: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.
Identification: M047

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 originals.

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).

Index Terms

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 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Skillet Lickers
Country music--20th century.
Country musicians--United States.
Atlanta (Ga.)


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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Riley Puckett Papers, M047, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Blanche Bailey, September 18, 1985 (M1985-13).

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October 1987 (revised August 1998). EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, June 2008.

Related Material

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

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.

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