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Blind Simmie Dooley – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican musician
Was Musician 
Guitarist 
Songwriter 
From United States of America 
Type Music 
Gendermale
Birth 3 July 1881, Georgia
Death 17 January 1961, Spartanburg
(aged 79 years)

Simeon “Blind Simmie” Dooley (July 3, 1881 – January 17, 1961) was an American country blues singer and guitarist.

Biography

Dooley was born in Hartwell, Georgia.

Dooley met Pink Anderson in 1916 and taught him to play guitar. The two played on the street and at parties when Anderson was not traveling with Dr. Kerr’s Medicine Show. In 1928 Dooley and Anderson went to Atlanta to record four pieces for Columbia Records. Two were published in the same year, the other two the following year. The records sold well. Anderson was invited to make further recordings without Dooley, however Anderson refused to be without Dooley.

Dooley died from heart disease in Spartanburg, South Carolina, at the age of 79.

Musical style

Blind Gary Davis described Dooley, along with Blind Blake and Blind Willie Davis, as one of the biggest pre-war country blues guitarists.