Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas

Vocals, Guitar, Pan Pipes

Date of Birth:  c. 1874    Big Sandy, TX

Date of Death:  Unknown (c. 1930-1959, Houston/Tyler, TX?)

Place of Burial:  Unknown

Has Marker:  Unknown

Grave Location:  Unknown


Henry Thomas "Ragtime Texas" Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 1927-1929, Document Records (DOCD-5665)


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     http://nodepression.com/article/“ragtime-texas”-hobo-songster-goin’-country…-tribute-henry-thomas.  Accessed  April 4, 2018.

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     http://www.texasescapes.com/ClayCoppedge/Ragtime-Texas-Henry-Thomas.htm. Accessed April 4, 2018.

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Fleck, Daniel. "Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas: The Enduring Appeal of a Texas Songster," The Old Time Herald, Volume 11, number 6. 

     http://www.oldtimeherald.org/archive/back_issues/volume-11/11-6/henry-thomas.html. Accessed April 4, 2018.

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     years-old-011276/. Accessed April 4, 2018.

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"Vocalion 1094 – Henry Thomas “Ragtime Texas” – 1927," oldtimeblues.net, June 30, 2017. http://oldtimeblues.net/2017/06/30/vocalion-1094-

     henry-thomas-ragtime-texas-1927/. Accessed on April 4, 2018.

Only known extant image of Henry Thomas. https://www.findagrave.com/

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