The Ghost of Henry Sloan

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The Ghost of Henry Sloan

Postby stumblin » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 am

I found this fascinating blog link over on the Weenie Campbell forum. It's attempting to go some way towards fleshing out the Henry Sloan enigma, with some success.
Anyhoo, if Charlie Patton's your thang, you might be interested to learn a bit about the guy who helped him learn.
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Re: The Ghost of Henry Sloan

Postby rustyslide » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:24 pm

Wonder if they would make an attempt to contact a grand child, who would likely still be alive.
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Re: The Ghost of Henry Sloan

Postby LesFromChicago » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:33 am

Didn't want to bother making a whole new separate thread for this comment, so I bumped this Henry Sloan one because it may pertain to one of his proteges maybe, it's possible.
Yesterday I purchased the 1929 song Rowdy Blues by Kid Bailey and since then I have listened to it in excess of 50 times, man I could listen to it non-stop for days and never tire of it.

The very first stanza reminds me of one of my nephews,
"I ain't going to marry, neither settle down,
I'm going to stay right here until they tear this barrelhouse down."

The 3rd line of a stanza near the end, I have no clue what he is talking about, anybody know what he's talking about? when he sings,
"You put it up solid so it won't come down".
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Re: The Ghost of Henry Sloan

Postby stumblin » Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:05 am

LesFromChicago wrote:"You put it up solid so it won't come down".

I've generally assumed that this refers to the impressive and durable erection the young lady has given him.

Where did you find out about Kid Bailey's potential status as a Sloan protégé? That's very interesting. I wonder how many others there were.
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Re: The Ghost of Henry Sloan

Postby allanlummox » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:50 pm

It's a variation on the "Tamp 'em up solid" line.

It means do it right. Tamp the tobacco into the cigarette so that, when I turn the cigarette into a vertical position, the tobacco stays put. Similar to " When I throw down it STAY down "
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Re: The Ghost of Henry Sloan

Postby LesFromChicago » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:34 pm

My saying Kid Bailey may have been a protege of Henry Sloan is pure, undocumented conjecture; just because he ran with Patton.

Thanks for the answers too about the solid lyrics, they make a lot of sense considering they end a verse about how good his woman looks that he is in love with.
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