Today in Blues history – January 21, 1992 – Champion Jack Dupree passes away
Today in Blues Music History
January 21, 1992 – Champion Jack Dupree passes away
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William Thomas “Champion Jack” Dupree was an American blues and boogie-woogie pianist and singer. His nickname was derived from his early career as a boxer. Champion Jack Dupree was born in New Orleans, LA, in 1909. He was orphaned as a child when his parents were killed in a house fire, reportedly set by the Ku Klux Klan. … He was actually successful in that endeavor, fighting more than 100 bouts and becoming lightweight champion of Indiana.