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Ronnie Barron

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Alger "Texas" Alexander was born in the year 1900. Texas didn’t actually play any instruments. He sang in an odd rhythm for recording, the kind of rhythm migrant cotton pickers might have sung. The unusual style led to those accompanying him developing what they called “Alexander time. He worked with major artists, including King Oliver, Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Little Hat Jones, the Mississippi Sheiks, J. T. Smith, and Lightnin' Hopkins. Some rumors claim he was a cousin of Hopkins, though this has never been confirmed.

Stories have flown around about Alexander allegedly murdering his wife and serving time for the crime, but research and prison records in more recent years reveals that story to be likely a myth. Coy Prather, the writer who researched the murder story believed that the service time Texas put in was actually on a county work farm and that that the crime he was accused of was playing lewd music in public.


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