Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. ' (Riverton (Mississippi), 21 March 1902- Detroit (Michigan), October 19, 1988) was an American blues singer and guitarist. His musical style with repetitive rhythms, often played using a slide, and a singing manner that elements of southern gospel and affected a large number of negrospiritual contained, musicians, including Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Jack White.
House was as a middle of three brothers born in Riverton, not far from Clarksdale, Mississippi. His parents divorced when he was seven or eight and he moved to Tallulah, Louisiana. The young Son House was determined to be a Baptist preacher, and at the age of 15, he began to preach. Despite that the Church blues music and related culture regarded as sinful, felt House are attracted to this movement, and inspired by the work of Willie Wilson , he taught himself to play the guitar when he mid-20 was.
After killing a man in 1927 or 1928, allegedly in self defense, he was sentenced to a 15-year prison sentence, of which he served two years. Then he moved to Lula, Mississippi, where he Charlie Patton and Willie Brown met (around this time he also met Robert Johnson). The three started to play together at local gigs.
House made his first recordings In 1930 for Paramount Records in a session with Charlie Patton. However, these sold poorly by the great depression. He rows with Patton and Brown, and during this time he also worked as tractor driver.
In 1941 were recordings of Alan Lomax recorded in House by the Library of Congress. He then moved to Rochester, New York, where he worked as a Porter for the New York Central Railroad and as a cook.Meantime, House stopped as a musician and driven into oblivion when he was in the years 60, stimulated by the American folk blues revival, was rediscovered by the public. In the next few years he took several studio albums on and he went on several tours throughout America and Europe. In 1980, House included in the Blues Hall of Fame. He died in 1988 to Larynx Cancer in Detroit, Michigan, where he lived since 1976.