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Joseph Spence

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  • Born: Andros, Bahama
  • Died: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Years Active: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Born on the island of Andrus in the Bahamas, Spence created an idiosyncratic (and inimitable) guitar style rife with percussive and improvisatory vamps around staid hymns and such "square" standards as "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer." He was a folk guitarist's Thelonious Monk, and his growling vocal counterpoint and surprising inventions are one of folk music's great delights.