He met a young street musician name Blind Lemon Jefferson (1897–1929). The two friends later to become blues legends teamed up to play around the Dallas area catching trains wherever they could to the next destination. Influenced by the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912, he wrote the song “The Titanic,” the first composed on the 12-string guitar later to become his signature instrument. Initially played when performing with Blind Lemon Jefferson in and around Dallas, Texas, the song is about champion African-American boxer Jack Johnson’s being denied passage on the Titanic.
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