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Rubin "Rube" Lacey was born (b; Jan 2 1901, d: 1972) at Pelahatchie, Mississippi, and learned guitar in his teens from an older performer, George Hendrix. Working out of the Jackson area in the Mississippi Delta, he became one of the state's most popular blues singers. His bottleneck style inspired that of the better known performer Son House. In 1927, he recorded four songs for Columbia Records in Memphis, though none were released and the masters do not survive. In 1928 Lacey recorded two blues tunes for Paramount Records, which constitute his recorded legacy. Four years later he became a minister, and was later found living in Lancaster, California by blues researcher David Evans.