Small (born January 28, 1933) is an African American soul blues and
electric blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is known as the 'Blues
Doctor', and has been influenced by gospel and country music and
Blind Boy Fuller.
Small was born in Bishopville, South Carolina, United States. He was self
taught on the guitar and organised a local gospel group, the Six Stars. He
had eclectic musical influences including Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle
Travis, John Lee Hooker and Fats Domino.
He was rated as one of the best gospel guitarists in the 1950s, before he
turned his attention to secular music later in that decade. In 1959, he
released the single 'I Love You Alberta' on Sharp Records. Small had a long
career, recording spasmodically for small record labels, before issuing six
albums between 1990 and 2008. He recorded dirty blues tracks such as 'Tittie
Man' and 'Baby, Leave Your Panties Home', with more righteous offerings such
as 'The Lord Been Good to Me'.
Small appeared at the 2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He also
performed at the first Julius Daniels Memorial Blues Festival in Denmark,
South Carolina, in October 2010.