Guitar Pete Franklin
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Guitar Pete Franklin
Guitar Pete Franklin
Edward Lamonte Franklin
Born January 16, 1928
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died July 31, 1975(1975-07-31) (aged 47)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Genres Blues[1]
Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Bluesville Records, various

Guitar Pete Franklin (January 16, 1928 - July 31, 1975)[2] was an African American blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter.[1] His best known track was "Guitar Pete's Blues".[3]

Franklin variously worked with a number of fellow blues musicians including St. Louis Jimmy Oden, Jazz Gillum, John Brim, Sunnyland Slim, and Tampa Red.[2]


Edward Lamonte Franklin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.[1][2] Despite being billed as Guitar Pete Franklin, he was equally adept on the piano. His guitar work was influenced by the work of Scrapper Blackwell, whilst on the piano his style was similar to his mother's one time lodger, Leroy Carr.[1]

A versatile and accomplished musician, Franklin was able to adapt to electric blues, and provided backing to many musicians.[1] His first recording took place in 1947, when he accompanied St. Louis Jimmy Oden on guitar for the latter's single, "Coming Up Fast". Franklin's own work started in 1949 with his single release, "Casey Brown Blues".[2] Franklin's other duties included making recordings with Jazz Gillum, John Brim, Sunnyland Slim, and Tampa Red.[4][5][6]

In 1963, Bluesville Records released The Blues of Pete Franklin: Guitar Pete's Blues, which was recorded on July 12, 1961, in Indianapolis.[2] The album contained his most famous song, "Guitar Pete's Blues".[6]

Franklin died in Indianapolis, Indiana, in July 1975 from heart disease, aged 47.[3][6]



Year Title Record label
1963 The Blues of Pete Franklin: Guitar Pete's Blues Bluesville Records



Year Title Record label
1949 "Casey Brown Blues" RCA Victor Records



  1. ^ a b c d e "Guitar Pete Franklin Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Guitar Pete Franklin discography". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club : The 1970s". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Blues Unlimited #114 - Guitar Pete Franklin: Blues from Indianapolis". Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Tampa Red Vol 14 1949 - 1951". Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b c Edward Komara, ed. (2006). Encyclopedia of the Blues (Second ed.). Taylor & Francis Group. p. 345. ISBN 0-415-92700-5. 
  7. ^ "Guitar Pete's Blues | Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved . 

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