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Prince Albert Hunt sings Blues in the Bottle

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: Audio, TweedBlog.

Recorded in March, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas for the OKeh label. Hunt was a hard-living man who was dead within three years of this recording. According to his biography on the excellent site, Texas Music History Online, Hunt’s interest in another man’s wife did him in:

It was in Dallas on March 21, 1931, at 11:45 p.m. that Prince Albert Hunt was shot and fatally wounded outside of the Confederate Hall at 421 North Harwood Street. The Dallas Morning News reported that his assailant, William M. Douglas, was a former city fireman and the husband of a woman that Hunt had accompanied to a dance. Douglas later told police that “he [Hunt] broke up my home…He took my wife clear away from me. He had her at the dance with him and I followed them downstairs,” in front of the hall where, from close-range, he shot Hunt in the chest under the left arm with a .25 caliber automatic pistol. Hunt was then rushed to Parkland Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

I’ve heard this song hundreds of times, and it never ceases to amaze. Hunt’s voice is pure grit.

Blues in the Bottle

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