From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Booker, Jim

(born: 1872  -  died: 1940) 

Jim Booker was born in Jessamine County, KY. He was a hoedown fiddler with Taylor's Kentucky Boys, an integrated group that recorded Gray Eagle in 1927. Booker also played and recorded with his family band, the Booker Orchestra, which included his brothers Joe and John both of whom played the fiddle and the guitar; the group played rag-time and blues. Booker also recorded Salty Dog and Camp Nelson Blues in 1927. Jim Booker was born in February of 1872, the son of James and Sarah Booker, according to the 1880 and 1900 U.S. Federal Census. He died February 5, 1940 in Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, KY [source: Kentucky Certificate of Death, Registrar's #132]. For more see Violin, Sing The Blues For Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949 (Old Hat CD-1002) by Old Hat Records; and Kentucky Mountain Music Classic Recordings of the 1920s and 1930s, Old Time Herald, vol. 9, issue 2, Reviews.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Jessamine County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Gray eagle (song)
NKAA Source: Salty dog (song)
NKAA Source: Camp Nelson Blues (song)
NKAA Source: Old-time herald; a magazine dedicated to old-time music (periodical)

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“Booker, Jim,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 24, 2022,

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