Wikipedia : This day (October 19, 1988), in Detroit, Michigan, died Eddie James House, Jr a.k.a Son House, an American blues singer and guitarist.
@allmusic : He was a major innovator of the Delta style, along with his playing partners Charley Patton and Willie Brown. Few listening experiences in the blues are as intense as hearing one of Son House‘s original 1930s recordings for the Paramount label.
@last.fm : House was not a virtuoso although there is still much that is technically impressive about his playing. He more than made up for his lack of conventional technique with his powerful and innovative style featuring very strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of a bottleneck, coupled with singing that owed more than a nod to the hollers of the chain gangs.