During his short but prolific recording career, circa 1935-
1941, Piedmont bluesman Blind Boy Fuller was one of the
most popular performers in the Southeast United States.
His records sold in the thousands, (impressive numbers
during the late-1930s) and his ability to perform in traditional
blues, ragtime, hokum, and pop styles allowed him to reach
the broadest audience possible. Possessing a bold,
expressive voice and an impressive finger-picking style
typical of Piedmont blues, Fuller and his steel National
resonator guitar remained extremely popular both on record
and in person until his death in 1941.
Born Fulton Allen in rural North Carolina, Fuller learned to
play the guitar at an early age, learning the traditional field
hollers and country rag songs from older singers