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Curtis Jones (August 18, 1906, Naplesmarker, Texasmarker - September 11, 1971, Munichmarker, Germanymarker) was an Americanmarker blues pianist.


Jones played guitar whilst young but switched to piano after a move to Dallasmarker. In 1936 he relocated to Chicagomarker, where he recorded between 1937 and 1941 on Vocalion Records, Bluebird Records, and Okeh Records. Among his best-known tunes from these recordings were the hit "Lonesome Bedoom Blues" and the song "Tin Pan Alley". World War II interrupted his recording career, which he did not resume until 1953, when Al Benson released a single of his, "Wrong Blues"/"Cool Playing Blues", on Parrot Records, featuring L. C. McKinley on guitar.

Jones's first full-length appeared in 1960 on Bluesville Records, by which time he had become a noted performer on the Chicago folk music scene. A solo album appeared in 1962, but by that time Jones had moved to Europe, where he spent the rest of his life, apart from a couple of years living in Moroccomarker. He made further albums in the UKmarker; the last in 1968 when visiting with the AFBF was produced by Mike Vernon.

His first instrument had been the guitar, and he liked to play a number or two on his records and in personal appearances.

Jones died in Germany from heart failure in 1971, at the age of 65.



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