Floyd Council was a superb Piedmont guitarist, mandolin player and singer, whose records appeared under the names ‘Dipper Boy’ Council and ‘The Devil’s Daddy-in-Law’. These tags were the work of his manager J D Long, who loved to give his acts memorable names: he called Fulton Allen ‘Blind Boy Fuller‘, harp player Saunders Terrell became ‘Sonny Terry‘ and washboard maestro George Washington was billed as ‘Bull City Red’, so it is beyond ironic that Floyd Council would give his birth-name to one of the most famous rock bands in the world! The teenage Syd Barrett formed a band in his home-town of Cambridge, England in 1965, and reading Paul Oliver‘s sleeve notes to a Blind Boy Fuller album, noticed the names of Pink Anderson and Floyd Council in the credits, and at that moment decided to call the band ‘Pink Floyd’.
Later that year, the same crew returned to New York for more sessions, with Floyd playing on four of Fuller’s tracks and cutting four more of his own songs, including two with Sonny Terry, which were released on the Vocalion and Conqueror labels credited to ‘The Devil’s Daddy-in-Law’. One of these, ‘I Don’t Want No Hungry Woman’ was adapted by Fuller as ‘Why Don’t My Baby Write to Me?’ There were to be no more records released by Floyd, but in the wake of the ‘Blues-revival’, he recorded for Blues researcher Pete Lowry in 1970. Unfortunately Floyd had suffered a stroke by then, leaving his voice and movement badly affected. He passed away from a heart attack in 1976. There is a Floyd Council Memorial Project currently working to provide a suitable headstone for Floyds grave in White Oak Cemetery, Sanford NC.