Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson

Vocals, Guitar

Date of Birth:  August 16, 1915    Barry, TX

Date of Death:  May 30, 1976    Dallas, TX

Place of Burial:  Lincoln Memorial Cemetery

                          1311 Murdock Road

                          Dallas, TX 75217

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  Block 32, Lot 25, Space 1

                            32° 41' 34" N / 96° 41' 10" W

The reason for the incorrect birth year on Mr. Jackson's marker is unknown. The birth date shown on his death certificate indicates the commonly recognized birth year of 1915.


Lil Son Jackson, Arhoolie Records (F1004)

Lil' Son Jackson, Volume 1: Rockin' and Rollin', Document Records (DOCD-5680)

Lil' Son Jackson, Volume 2: Restless Blues, Document Records (DOCD-5681)

The Complete Imperial Recordings, Capitol Records (7243 8 31744 2 3)


Legendary Masters Series Vol.1: Rural Blues -Going Up The Country, Imperial Records (LM 94000)

Texas Blues - Bill Quinn's Gold Star Recordings, Arhoolie (CD 352)


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