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Hersal Thomas

(September 9th 1906 - June 2nd 1926)

Born in Houston, Texas in 1906, Hersal Thomas was the youngest sibling of George W. Thomas and Beulah Thomas (aka 'Sippie' Wallace). Although he died at a young age his music and recordings would have a lasting influence on the Chicago school of Boogie-woogie piano. His records of particular impact include his most famous "Suitcase Blues" and "The Fives" an early boogie co-written with his older brother. Hersal Thomas reportedly died from food poisoning during June 1926 while working in Detroit, Michigan at Penny's Pleasure Inn.


Hersal's Blues (2:59)

I Feel Good (3:04)

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