When she bought the house next door, Henry was furious.
Connor did, however, entertain Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a piano virtuoso who later became prime minister of Poland.
Connor outlived Henry by only a few years; she died in 1899, at age 41, of kidney disease. The most extensively recorded of early Mississippi folk blues singers, and considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues", he created an enduring body of American music and inspired most Delta blues musicians, he lived most of his life in Sunflower County, in the Mississippi Delta, but toured widely and recorded frequently, becoming one of the most popular musicians of the period among African-American audiences.
According to musicologist David Evans: "There can be no doubt that during his lifetime he was the “king” of the Delta blues." The music writer Robert Palmer considered him one of the most important American musicians of the twentieth century.
“Only 53 people turned up for his concert,” Hunter says.
“He said, ‘Is there anything else to do in this one-horse town?