I present Skip James, my favorite Blues artist, and one of my all time favorite musicians, live! C'mon people, less than 5,000 people have watched this clip on youtube.
He won a contest in 1931, travelled from Bentonia, Mississippi, to Wisconson to record an album or two in the depths of the depression. Just a few 78's were sold, and he disappeared for 30 years, to resurface (via John Fahey, more on him later) in the 60's. Cream covered his song "I'm so glad." The royalties allowed him to live his last year or two in something other than abject poverty.
Oh, and the immense, imposing man in the right foreground? That's Howlin' Wolf.