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List of Chicago blues musicians

Notable Chicago blues musicians include:

Big Bill Broonzy Blues / Blues / Blues

"Play That Guitar Rag!" Scott County, Mississippi United States Profile Views: 42122
Big Bill Broonzy (26 June 1898 – 14 August 1958) was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played Country blues to mostly black audiences. Through the ‘30s and ‘40s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with white audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival and an international star. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century. ********************************************************************** "Big" Maceo Merriweather (March 31 1905 - February 23 1953) was a blues pianist and singer active in Chicago in the 1940s. Born Major Merriweather (or Merewether) in Atlanta, Georgia, he taught himself how to play piano. In the 1920s he moved to Detroit and began playing parties and clubs. In 1941, a desire to record led him to Chicago where he met and befriended Tampa Red. Red introduced him to Lester Melrose of Bluebird Records, who signed him to a recording contract. His first record was "Worried Life Blues" (1941), which promptly became a blues hit and remained his signature piece. Other classic piano blues recordings such as "Chicago Breakdown" followed. His piano style developed from players like Leroy Carr and Roosevelt Sykes, as well as from the boogie-woogie style of Meade "Lux" Lewis and Albert Ammons. His career was cut short in 1946 by a stroke. However, he was one of the most influential blues piano players of the 1940s and his style had an impact on practically every post-World War II blues pianist of note. His most famous song, "Worried Life Blues" is a staple of the blues repertoire, with artists such as Eric Clapton featuring it regularly in performances. ********************************************************************** Big Time Sarah (born January 31, 1953 in Coldwater, Mississippi) is an American blues singer. A rousing vocalist and dynamic entertainer, "Big Time" Sarah Streeter's among the more enterprising contemporary blues performers. She moved to Chicago from Coldwater, MS, as a child, and sang in South Side gospel choirs before debuting as a blues vocalist on stage at Morgan's Lounge at 14. She later worked with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Johnny Bernard and Sunnyland Slim. A single on Slim's Airways label helped launch her solo career. Streeter's been a featured performer at many North Side clubs since the late '70s, and appeared at several blues festivals. She formed the Big Time Express in 1989, and Delmark issued her most recent recording, Lay It On 'Em, in 1993. Blues in the Year One-D-One followed in 1996. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide. **********************************************************************

Big Walter Horton Blues / Blues / Blues

"The Great Big Walter Horton" CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Big Walter Horton or Walter "Shakey" Horton (April 6, 1917– December 8, 1981) was an American bluesharmonica player. **********************************************************************

Bo Diddley

"Hey Bo Diddley Where Did You Get That Sound? " McComb, Mississippi United States

Bo Diddley (born December 30, 1928) aka "The Originator ", is an influential American rock and rollsinger, songwriter, and guitarist. Often cited as a key figure in the transition from blues to rock and roll, he introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound. He is also known for his characteristic rectangular guitar.


Bonnie Lee was a longtime fixture of Chicago's contemporary blues scene as well as one of the last surviving links to its postwar heyday. Born Jessie Lee Frealls on June 11, 1931, in Bunkie, LA, Lee grew up in Beaumont, TX, where she studied piano and sang in her church's choir. Gospel singer Lillian Ginn was sufficiently impressed to extend an invitation to join her on tour, but Lee's mother refused to grant her permission. As a teen Lee nevertheless toured the South as a member of the Famous Georgia Minstrels, befriending blues legends Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Big Mama Thornton along the way. She relocated to Chicago in 1958, hitching a ride with a delivery van driver and settling at the West Side apartment of an aunt. After toiling in anonymity as a singer and dancer, in 1960 Lee signed to J. Mayo Williams' Ebony label to cut her debut single, "Sad and Evil Woman," credited at Williams' insistence to Bonnie "Bombshell" Lane, a moniker she reportedly despised. The single fared poorly, and Lee continued touring the Chicago jazz and blues club circuit, developing a potent voice as earthy as it was electrifying. Family obligations forced her to retire from music during the middle of the decade, but in 1967 she resurfaced alongside the legendary pianist Sunnyland Slim, a longtime confederate of Muddy Waters. Lee regularly opened for Slim in the years that followed, becoming a legend on the North Side blues circuit via residencies at clubs including Wise Fools, B.L.U.E.S., and Blue Chicago. In the late '70s, she also cut a handful of singles for Slim's own Airway label. Lee also enjoyed a decade-long collaboration with renowned bassist Willie Kent, during which time she recorded the 1995 Delmark LP Sweetheart of the Blues as well as the 1998 Wolf Records set I'm Good. In addition, she contributed to myriad compilations, most notably Women of Blue Chicago and Chicago's Finest Blues Ladies. Health problems nevertheless plagued Lee throughout the latter half of her life, and she died September 7, 2006, at the age of 75. ********************************************************************** Nežinau kodėl čia jis įtrauktas. Nesu matęs, ko gero, nė vieno filmo su Boston Blackie - gal ten dažnai skamba bliuzas? Boston Blackie is a fictional character who has been on both sides of the law. As originally created by author Jack Boyle, he was a safecracker, a hardened criminal who had served time in a California prison. Prowling the underworld as a detective in adaptations for films, radio and television, the detective Boston Blackie was "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend." ********************************************************************** Buddy Guy Blues / Soul / Psychedelic

Chicago, Illinois United States

George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American blues and rock guitarist and singer. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and other 1960s blues and rock legends, Guy is considered an important exponent of Chicago blues. He is the father of female rapper Shawnna and son Michael.


Charlie Musselwhite Blues

GEYSERVILLE, California United States
Charlie Musselwhite (born January 31, 1944 in Kosciusko, Mississippi) is an American blues-harp player and bandleader, one of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s, along with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. Though he has often been identified as a "white bluesman", he claims Native American and Thai heritage. ********************************************************************** Carey Bell (November 14, 1936 - May 6, 2007) was an American musician who played the harmonica in the musical style of Chicago blues. Bell played harp and bass for other blues icons for decades, including Earl Hooker, Robert Nighthawk, Lowell Fulson, Eddie Taylor and Jimmy Dawkins. **********************************************************************

Charlie Love, born on the South side of Chicago in 1956, was introduced to the blues his mother and father at an early age and quickly fell under it's spell. His father often played the harmonica while Charlie and his mother would dance and sing along to the sounds of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and B.B. King. For his parents the blues was a celebration of the human spirit and helped them to endure the stresses of everyday living. It's value and potential as a positive spiritual force was instilled in Charlie from a powerful place, a place from which he has never turned away. One could say the blues called on Charlie Love.

********************************************************************** Blues / Funk / R&B
"Chico Banks and the Candy Lickers'" CHICAGO, Illinois United States

Siegel-Schwall Band


Corky Siegel - Harmonica, Piano, Vocals Jim Schwall - Guitar, Vocals Sam Lay - Drums, Vocals Rollo Radford - Bass, Vocals Blues

"The Official Siegel-Schwall MySpace Page" CHICAGO, Illinois United States

Siegel-Schwall Band is the name of a blues band from Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1964 by Corky Siegel (harmonica) and Jim Schwall (guitar).


Honeyboy Edwards Blues

"The World Don't Owe Me Nothin'"
David "Honeyboy" Edwards (born June 28, 1915, Shaw, Mississippi United States) is an American delta blues guitarist and singer. ********************************************************************** Emery “Detroit Junior” Williams, Jr. (October 26, 1931 - August 9, 2005) was a blues pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is know for songs such as "So Unhappy", "Call My Job", "If I Hadn't Been High", and "Money Tree." ********************************************************************** Dion Payton (born in Greenwood, Mississippi) is a Chicago based blues guitarist and singer, who gained great popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Chicago blues clubs, including Kingston Mines, Blue Chicago and other venues. His long, virtuoso guitar solos are framed in consistently strict, disciplined rhythm, and he uses both fast flourishes of sixteenth and thirty-second note runs and arpeggios, and broad, often dissonant chords to create thick textures with a tortured, emotional feel. An important feature of his playing is the dramatic use of the upper register of the guitar. Influences of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and the Edge are all evident in his style, although he does not mimic or imitate any one artist. His unique guitar style straddles the genres of blues and hard rock, and his dry, slightly gravelly vocals create an intense, driving sound that is both powerful and plaintive. **********************************************************************

Earl Hooker Blues / Soul / Rock

"1929-1970" Chicago, Illinois United States
Earl Hooker (born January 15, 1929 in Clarksdale, Mississippi; died April 21, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American blues guitarist. Hooker was a Chicago slide guitarist in the same league as Elmore James,Hound Dog Taylor, and his mentor, Robert Nighthawk. Some Chicago blues guitarists even consider Hooker to have been the greatest slide player ever. **********************************************************************

Elmore James Blues

"It's a sound and a feeling." Chicago, Illinois United States
Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues guitarist, singer, song writer and band leader. He was known as The King of the Slide Guitar and had a unique guitar style, noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice. **********************************************************************

Erwin Helfer (born January 20, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American boogie woogie, blues, jazz pianist. Born and raised in Chicago, and as a child was more interested in classical music than blues. Helfer was introduced to piano blues as a young teenager growing up in Chicago in the early '50s, the heyday of the city's blues clubs. Once Helfer discovered the blues he enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans, completing college with a degree in music. Spent time outside of class studing piano style of Crescent City pianists Archibald and Professor Longhair. Helfer began his professional career when Mama Yancey, wife of pianist and boogie-woogie pioneer Jimmy Yancey, coaxed him to fill in for her accompanist, Little Brother Montgomery. His initial performance with Yancey led to a long-term professional partnership with the singer that lasted to her death in 1986 at age ninety.[1] In 1982 Helfer began his own record company, Red Beans, and released albums by Mama Yancey, Blind John Davis, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, and other Chicago blues artists. He was nominated for the Blues Music Awards in 2003, for "Comeback Blues Album of the Year", for his cd I'm Not Hungry But I Like To Eat - Blues.[2] Recently he has played at the Chicago Jazz Festival, 2005-2007; Hungary's Debrecen Jazz Festival, 2005, and throughout the Chicago's blues clubs.


Fenton Robinson (23 September 1935, Greenwood, Mississippi — 25 November 1997, Rockford, Illinois) was a blues singer and exponent of the Chicago Blues guitar. His signature song, "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" was covered by Boz Scaggs, but attributed to Scaggs himself, resulting in legal battles. The nationwide distribution of Robinson's own version of the song was aborted by a freak snow storm hitting Chicago. In the 1970s he was arrested and imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter. Paroled after nine months, he continued playing in Chicago clubs, and later taught guitar. He died of complications from brain cancer.


Floyd Jones (July 21, 1917 – December 19, 1989) was an American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter, who is significant as one of the first of the new generation of electric blues artists to record in Chicago after the Second World War. A number of Jones' recordings are regarded as classics of the Chicago Blues idiom, and his song "On The Road Again" was a top ten hit for Canned Heat in 1968.[2] Notably for a blues artist of his era, several of his songs have economic or social themes, such as "Stockyard Blues" (which refers to a strike at the Union Stockyards), "Hard Times" or "Schooldays". ********************************************************************** Freddie King MySpace
  "This is the Blues are you listening?" Male 73 years old Gilmer, TEXAS United States
Freddie "The Texas Cannonball" King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was an influential American blues guitarist and singer best known for his recordings "Hide Away," "Have You Ever Loved A Woman," and "The Stumble." **********************************************************************

Gerry Hundt Blues / Acoustic / Folk

"Nominee for 2008 Blues Music Award!" CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Gerry Hundt is an accomplished professional musician specializing in Chicago Blues, having spent much of his life in the Chicago area. Gerry has garnered respect for his work with other musicians such as John-Alex Mason and Nick Moss as well as his recent solo album "Since Way Back" (on Blue Bella Records ), which helped to earn him a nomination for the Blues Foundation 2008 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Other (Mandolin) ********************************************************************** Homesick James (30 April 1910 - 13 December 2006) was a black American blues musician. He is believed to have been born John William Henderson, but later used the name James A. Williamson and was sometimes referred to as Homesick James Williamson. **********************************************************************

Hound Dog Taylor and The HouseRockers Blues

"Hey, let's have some fun" Chicago, Illinois United States
Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor (April 12, 1915 - December 17, 1975) was an American bluesguitarist and singer. **********************************************************************

Howlin' Wolf Blues

"Why don't ya hear me cryin'? Ah, whoo hoo, ooh..." MEMPHIS, Tennessee United States

Howlin Wolf Blues

"I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed." CLARKSDALE, Mississippi United States

Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin' Wolf or sometimes, The Howlin' Wolf, was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player.


Hubert Sumlin Blues

"Blues Legend" Greenwood, Mississippi United States
Hubert Sumlin (born November 16, 1931) is a blues guitar player known as both a solo artist and central element in Howlin' Wolf's backup band. Listed in Rolling Stone's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Sumlin continues to tour and play blues guitar. He is cited as a major influence by many artists, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix. **********************************************************************

J.B. Hutto and the Hawks

Blues / Blues / Blues

"Slide this bitch to heavan and back" United Kingdom

J. B. Hutto (April 26, 1926 - June 12, 1983) was an American blues musician, born Joseph Benjamin Hutto. Hutto was heavily influenced by legendary bluesman Elmore James, and became known for his slide guitar work and declamatory style of singing. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame two years after his death.


J.B. Lenoir Blues

Rosedale, Mississippi United States
J. B. Lenoir who recorded in the (March 5, 1929 – April 29, 1967) was an African-American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter1950s and 1960s. **********************************************************************

Jake La Botz Roots Music / Blues / Garage

"Now booking 3rd Annual Tattoo Tour" LOS ANGELES, California United States

Jake La Botz (born 1968) is an American blues singer-songwriter from Chicago. He is also an actor. La Botz learned blues from Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis, David Honeyboy Edwards and Homesick James. In 2006, created what he calls the "tattoo circuit" by doing the world's first-ever tour of tattoo shops, the Tattoo Across America Tour. He has been featured in several films including Animal Factory, Ghost World and Rambo. A 2002 Billboard article said he learned from Chicago's old time blues musicians in an early period when he was playing in subways and on the street, as depicted in "Honky, the 1998 documentary, before he began acting and making albums.[1] One of his mentors was David "Honeyboy" Edwards.[2] He is the older brother of Leon del Muerte.


James Cotton Blues

TUNICA, Mississippi United States
James Cotton (born July 1, 1935, Tunica, Mississippi career continues to this day. His work includes the following genres: ), is an American blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter who is the bandleader for the James Cotton Blues Band. He also writes songs alone, and his soloblues, delta blues, harmonica blues, and electric harmonica blues. ********************************************************************** James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins (born October 24, 1936, Tchula, Mississippi) is a blues guitarist and singer. Chicago guitarist Jimmy Dawkins would just as soon leave his longtime nickname "Fast Fingers" behind. It was always something of a stylistic misnomer anyway; Dawkins's West Side-styled guitar slashes and surges, but seldom burns with incendiary speed. Dawkins's blues are generally of the brooding, introspective variety -- he doesn't engage in flashy pyrotechnics or outrageous showmanship. It took a long time for Dawkins to progress from West Side fixture to nationally known recording artist. He rode a Greyhound bus out of Mississippi in 1955, dressed warm to ward off the Windy City's infamous chill factor. Only trouble was, he arrived on a sweltering July day! Harpist Billy Boy Arnold offered the newcomer encouragement, and he eventually carved out a niche on the competitive West Side scene (his peers included Magic Sam and Luther Allison). Sam introduced Dawkins to Delmark Records boss Bob Koester. Fast Fingers, Dawkins's 1969 debut LP for Delmark--still his best album to date--was a taut, uncompromising piece of work that won the Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz from the Hot Club of France in 1971 as the year's top album. Andrew "Big Voice" Odom shared the singing and Otis Rush the second guitar duties on Dawkins's 1971 encore All for Business. But after his Delmark LP Blisterstring, Dawkins's subsequent recordings lacked intensity until 1991's oddly titled Kant Sheck Dees Bluze for Chicago's Earwig Records. After that, Dawkins waxed discs for Ichiban and Fedora, and continued to tour extensively. ~ Bill Dahl, All Music Guide ********************************************************************** Jimmy Johnson is a member of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section that was attached to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama for an extended period in the 60s and 70s. Jimmy's name appears throughout music history in roles from producer to guitarist. He has performed with such artists as Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin and engineered such albums as the Rolling Stone's Sticky Fingers. Alabama-born guitarist Jimmy Johnson has played with everyone from the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin to Duane Allman and Otis Rush. And as a member of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Johnson's tight, funky rhythm guitar playing and strong producing skills have been in high demand for over 30 years, helping to make the Muscle Shoals area one of the leading recording centers in the country. Growing up near Florence, Alabama, the teenage Johnson often hung out at one of the early incarnations of Rick Hall's FAME studios. At the time, the studio was nothing more than a two-track mono-recorder housed above an old drugstore, but with skilled musicians like David Briggs, Dan Penn and Jerry Carrigan frequenting the studio as well, it wasn't long before Johnson was learning how to put together and play on a professional session. When, in the fall of 1962, Rick Hall built a larger version of FAME in nearby Muscle Shoals, Johnson became his first salaried employee, answering phones, putting sessions together and taking care of paperwork. Although he wasn't yet a good enough guitarist to play on sessions, Johnson had formed a band, the Del-Rays, with future FAME session man Roger Hawkins, and was getting his chops down by playing the Southern fraternity circuit. After Hall's original rhythm section defected to Nashville over money disputes, it was Johnson's band that formed the second, and most famous FAME rhythm section. Johnson, along with organist Spooner Oldham, drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist Junior Lowe, woodshedded for two years, demo-ing material for FAME customers like Joe Tex and Percy Sledge. When Percy Sledge hit in the spring of 1966 with "When a Man Loves a Woman," it piqued the attention of Atlantic head Jerry Wexler, who brought Wilson Pickett down to FAME for a session. By now Johnson and the band were ready to cut a session, and the results, "Land of a Thousand Dances" and "Mustang Sally," were both hits. Atlantic's association with FAME launched the studio and its musicians into the national spotlight. In 1967, Wexler brought the recently signed Aretha Franklin to FAME, and Johnson contributed his exemplary guitar work to her double-sided hit "I Never Loved a Man(The Way That I Love You)"/"Do Right Woman." Later, when Wexler and Rick Hall got into an argument that severed their working relationship, the Atlantic head flew Johnson and the other FAME musicians up to New York to finish the album and record subsequent follow-ups. With the success of Aretha, Johnson was now an in-demand session guitarist, playing on albums by George Benson, Wilson Pickett and David Clayton Thomas. In April 1969, after feeling underappreciated and underpaid at FAME, Johnson, along with David Hood, Roger Hawkins and Berry Beckett, left FAME. The four musicians became partners in their own studio, Muscle Shoals Sound, located right up the street from their old boss Rick Hall and FAME; their first account was Atlantic Records. Through the next several years, Johnson played guitar and/or produced for such big-name artists as Boz Scaggs, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Leon Russell and Cher. Throughout the '70s, Muscle Shoals Sound developed a reputation as one of the best studios in the business, and Johnson was considered by many to be one of the pre-eminent session guitarists in the industry. Rod Stewart, Traffic, Johnny Rivers and Bob Seger all traveled to Johnson's rural outpost in northern Alabama to cut hit records with the crack Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Johnson continues to operate and engineer at the studio today and has recently appeared on live albums by Otis Rush and James Taylor. ~ Steve Kurutz, All Music Guide **********************************************************************

Blues / Blues / Blues

  • "Jimmy Rogers 06/03/24 - 12/19/97" Ruleville, Mississippi/Chicago, Illinois United States

Jimmy Rogers (3 June 1924 – 19 December 1997) was a blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, best known for his work as a member of Muddy Waters' band of the 1950s.


Joanna Connor Band

Roots Music / Jam Band / Rock

Band Members: Joanna Connor - Guitars/Vox Jesse "Slim" Cross - Bass/Vox Lance Lewis - Drums/Vox Nick Peraino - Guitars/Vox

CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Joanna Connor (born August 31, 1962) is a Chicago-based blues singer/songwriter/guitarist. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1962, Joanna was drawn to the Chicago blues scene in the early 1980s, eventually sharing the stage with veteran blues musicians James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and A.C. Reed. By 1987 she had started her own band, and recorded her first album for Blind Pig Records in 1989. ********************************************************************** John Brim player. He wrote and (April 10, 1922 — October 1, 2003) was n Chicago blues guitarist, songwriter and blues harprecorded the original "Ice Cream Man" that David Lee Roth covered on Diamond Dave, and Van Halen also covered on their first album.[1] "Ice Cream Man" was also covered by Martin Sexton on his 2001 live double album, Live Wide Open. **********************************************************************

John Primer (born 3 March 1945, Camden, Minneapolis) is an American blues singer and guitarist. in 1979, then the He began playing guitar at the club, Theresa's, in Chicago between 1974 and 1980, where he was influenced by Sammy Lawhorn who taught him to play slide guitar. He joined the Chicago Blues All-Stars of Willie DixonMuddy Waters's band and began a until his death in 1983. Then he joined the Teardrops of Magic Slimsolo career on Wolf Records. The more considered The Real Deal (1995) was where his songwriting and weighty singing plainly reflected the lessons he learned from Dixon and Slim.


Johnny Shines Blues / Blues / Blues

"Down in the Delta Pines"
Johnny Shines (April 26, 1915 – April 20, 1992) was an American blues singer and guitarist. He was born John Ned Shines in Frayser, Tennessee. He spent most of his childhood in Memphis playing slide guitar at an early age in local “jukes” and for tips on the streets. His first musical influences were Blind Lemon Jefferson and Howlin’ Wolf, but he was taught to play the guitar by his mother. Shines moved to Hughes, Arkansas in 1932 and worked on farms for three years putting his musical career on hold. But it was a chance meeting with Robert Johnson, his greatest influence, that gave him the inspiration to return to music. In 1935, Shines began traveling with Robert Johnson, touring the south and heading as far north as Ontario. There, they both appeared on a local radio program. The two went their separate ways in 1937, one year before Johnson's death. **********************************************************************

J.T. Brown

  "In Memorium of John Thomas Brown. Husband, Friend, Brother, and Son."

J. T. Brown (April 2, 1918, Mississippi — November 24, 1969, Chicago) was a tenor saxophone musician of the Chicago blues era. Brown played and recorded with Elmore James and Fleetwood Mac.


Junior Wells Blues

"The Godfather of the Blues. The Mississippi Sax..." CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), born Amos Blakemore, was a blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago who was famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lonnie Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. ********************************************************************** Kansas Joe McCoy (May 11, 1905 – January 28, 1950) was an African American blues musician and songwriter. **********************************************************************

Koko Taylor

Blues / Blues / Blues

"The Queen of the Blues" CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Koko Taylor sometimes spelled 'KoKo Taylor' (born Cora Walton, 28 September 1928, in Shelby County, Tennessee) is an American blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." She is known primarily for her rough and powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings. ********************************************************************** Kokomo Arnold (15 February 1901 — 8 November 1968) was an American blues musician. Born James Arnold in Lovejoy's Station brand of , Georgia, Arnold received his nickname in 1934 after releasing "Old Original Kokomo Blues" for the Decca label; it was a cover of the Scrapper Blackwell blues song about the Kokomocoffee. A left-handed slide guitarist, his intense slide style of playing and rapid-fire vocal style set him apart from his contemporaries. **********************************************************************

Little Walter Jacobs

  "Little Walter Jacobs" Male 78 years old CHICAGO, United States

Little Walter Blues / Blues / Blues

"Tribute Site for Little Walter Fans"
Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville, LA, and raised in Alexandria, LA) (May 1, 1930 - February 15, 1968) was a blues singer, harmonica player, and guitarist. Jacobs is generally included among blues music greats: his revolutionary harmonica technique has earned comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix [1] in its impact: There were great musicians before and after, but Jacobs' virtuosity and musical innovations reached heights of expression never previously imagined, and fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. [2] [3]. His body of work earned Little Walter a spot in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category on March 10, 2008[4], making him the only artist so honored specifically for his work as a harmonica playe **********************************************************************

Lonnie Brooks Blues Band

Blues / Americana / Roots Music

"The Bayou Boogie Man!" CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933, Dubuisson, Louisiana) is an American blues singer and guitarist. ********************************************************************** Best known as Muddy Waters' final piano accompanist, the sadly underrecognized Lovie Lee was a longtime staple of the Chicago club circuit. Born Eddie Lee Watson in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 17, 1909, he worked during the day as a factory woodworker, honing his skills each night in the Chicago blues clubs from the 1950s onward; the adoptive father of harpist Carey Bell, he acquired an impressive local reputation over time, but was little known outside of the Midwest in spite of his association with Waters during the legend's final years. In 1984 and 1989, Lee recorded much of the material which later comprised his 1992 release Good Candy, which was rounded out by latter-day efforts cut with Bell; his lone solo release, it too garnered little notice. Lee died May 23, 1997. ~ Jason **********************************************************************

Luther Allison Blues / Soul

"Soul Fixing Man ((FAN PAGE))" Chicago, Illinois United States
Luther Allison (August 17, 1939 — August 12, 1997) was an American blues guitarist. He was born in Widener, Arkansas and moved with his family, at age twelve, to Chicago, Illinois in 1951.[2] He had taught himself guitar whilst in Arkansas and began listening to blues extensively. Three years later he began hanging outside blues clubs with the hopes of being invited to perform. He played with Howlin' Wolf's band and backed up James Cotton. **********************************************************************
Lurrie Bell Blues
"Get LURRIE"S NEW CD AT CDBABY dot COM !!!!" Chicago, Illinois United States

Lurrie Bell (born Lurrie C. Bell, December 13, 1958, Chicago, Illinois, United States and ) is a blues guitaristsinger. His father was renowned blues harmonica player Carey Bell.


Samuel "Magic Sam" Gene Maghett (February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969) was an influential bluesguitarist and singer. ********************************************************************** Magic Slim Blues Magic Slim (born Morris Holt, 7 August 1937, Torrence, Mississipp) is a blues singer and guitarist.


Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis died just after Christmas, on December 28th, in Chicago after suffering a heart attack. Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1925 this singer and guitarist first recorded for Sam Phillips' Sun label in Memphis in August 1952, singing and playing guitar, under his real name of Charles Thomas. The two sides, "Cold Hands"/"4th and Broad" were sent to Chess and Jim Bulleit's Bullet label, but they remained unissued. In 1964 he cut two sides that were issued on Testament and he waxed a full album issued by Elektra in 1965.


Mighty Joe Young (September 23, 1927 – March 27, 1999) was a blues guitarist known for playing Chicago Blues. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and he died in Chicago, Illinois. Young's song, "Turning Point", appeared in the Michael Mann feature film, Thief. ********************************************************************** Michael Bernard Bloomfield (July 28, 1943, Chicago, Illinois — February 15, 1981, San Francisco California), an American musician, guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation entirely on his instrumental prowess. Respected for his fluid guitar playing, Bloomfield, who knew and played with many of Chicago's blues legends even before he achieved his own fame, was one of the primary influences on the mid-to-late 1960s revival of classic Chicago and other styles of blues music. ********************************************************************** McKinley Morganfield (born April 4, 1913, Issaquena County, Mississippi; died April 30, 1983, Westmont, Illinois), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered "the Father of Chicago blues". He is also the actual father of blues musicians Big Bill Morganfield and Larry 'Muddy Junior' Williams. Considered one of the greatest bluesmen of all time, Muddy Waters was a huge inspiration for the British beat explosion in the 1960s[1] and considered by many to be one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.[2] In 2004 Waters was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. **********************************************************************

Nick Moss & the Flip Tops Blues

""I make noise!"" Chicagoland, Illinois United States
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Philadelphia, Mississippi United States

Otis Rush (born April 29, 1934 in Philadelphia, Mississippi) is a blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound, jazz-style arpeggios and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy and Albert King, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and became an influence on Michael Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rush is left-handed and, unlike many left-handed guitarists, plays a right-handed instrument upside-down without restringing it. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. Other guitarists who use this method include Albert King, Dick Dale, Doyle Bramhall II, Coco Montoya and Lefty Dizz. He has a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice.


Otis Spann Blues / R&B

"Otis Spann, 1930-1970" Chicago, Illinois United States

Otis Spann (March 21, 1930 – April 24, 1970 [1]) was an American blues musician. Many aficionados considered him then, and now, as Chicago's leading postwar blues pianist.


Charles "Papa Charlie" McCoy (May 26, 1909, Jackson, Mississippi - July 26, 1950, Chicago, Illinois[1]) was an African American delta blues musician and songwriter.


Paul Butterfield Fund and Society (PBFS)

Blues / Rock / Other

"Paul Butterfield Fund and Society (PBFS)" KEY WEST, Florida United States
Paul Butterfield (December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987) was an American blues harmonica player and singer, and one of the earliest white exponents of the Chicago originated electric blues style. The impact on the course of rock and roll by the Butterfield Blues Band with the release of their first album, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the song "Born In Chicago" in particular, was pivotal. They, along with British acts The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and others, including Butterfield's main competitor in Chicago, singer/harp player Charlie Musselwhite, helped introduce young white America to the blues, influencing hundreds of bands from the Grateful Dead to the Allman Brothers, and launched the brief reign of Michael Bloomfield as America’s most influential rock guitarist. **********************************************************************

Robert Nighthawk Blues

"Bricks in my pillow -A tribute Page" chicago, Illinois United States
Robert Lee McCollum (30 November 1909 – 5 November 1967) was an American bluesman who played and recorded under the names Robert Lee McCoy and Robert Nighthawk. Born in Helena, Arkansas, he left home at an early age to become a busking musician, and after a period wandering through southern Mississippi settled for a time in Memphis, Tennessee. There he played with local orchestras and musicians, such as the Memphis Jug Band. A particular influence was Houston Stackhouse, from whom he learnt to play slide guitar, and with whom he appeared on the radio in Jackson, Mississippi. **********************************************************************

Robert Lockwood, Jr.

Blues / Roots Music / Acoustic

CLEVELAND, Ohio United States
Robert Lockwood, Jr., also known as Robert Junior Lockwood, (March 27, 1915 – November 21, 2006) was an American blues guitarist who recorded for Chess Records among others in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a longtime collaborator with Alec "Rice" Miller, a/k/a Sonny Boy Williamson II, and, later, Little Walter Jacobs. An important session guitarist with many Chicago labels, especially Chess Records (w. Williamson, Jacobs, Eddie Boyd, The Moonglows, et al), Lockwood influenced many who had no idea who the guitarist was on these tracks. **********************************************************************

Ronnie Baker Brooks Band

Blues / Rock / Funk

"The Ronnie Baker Brooks Music Page!!!" CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Ronnie Baker Brooks
  "The Torch of the Blues" Male 41 years old CHICAGO, ILLINOIS United States
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Sugar Baby, Sammy, Baron


Snooky Pryor (September 15, 1921 – October 18, 2006) was an American blues harp player. He claimed to have pioneered the now-common method of playing amplified harmonica by cupping a small microphone in his hands along with the harmonica, although his earliest records in the late 1940s he did not utilize this method.


Son Seals Blues Band

Blues / Soul

""The Bad Axe" 1942-2004" CHICAGO, Illinois United States
Frank "Son" Seals (August 13, 1942 - December 20, 2004) was an American blues guitarist and singer. ********************************************************************** Sonny Boy Williamson I (1914–1948), John Lee Curtis Williamson, "The Original Sonny Boy Williamson", born in Tennessee and associated with Bluebird Records Sonny Boy Williamson II Sonny Boy Williamson Blues
BELLEVUE, Washington United States
(1899–1965), Aleck "Rice" Miller, the more famous of the two, born in Mississippi and associated with Checker Records ********************************************************************** Albert "Sunnyland Slim" Luandrew (September 5, 1907–March 17, 1995), was a blues pianist born on a farm near Vance, Mississippi. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1925, where he performed with many of the popular blues musicians of the day. In 1942 he followed the great migration of southern workers to the industrial north in Chicago. At that time the electric blues was taking shape there, and through the years Sunnyland Slim played with such musicians as Muddy Waters, Robert Lockwood, Jr., and Little Walter. His style is characterised by heavy chords in the right hand. ********************************************************************** Vince Agwada Blues / Rock / R&B
"Play every gig like it's your last one..."

Vince Agwada (born May 8, 1959) is a blues guitarist/singer/songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Vince has been a fixture on the Chicago blues scene since the early 1980s. He got his start hanging out at Theresa's, a world-renowned blues haven, and at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard, and received his blues education jamming with and backing journeymen players such as Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Syl Johnson, Sammy Lawhorn, Louis Meyers and the late Lefty Dizz, the first to let the teen sit in, on his legendary "Blue Monday" jam sessions. Since 1983 Vince has toured the U.S., Canada and Europe with many of the leading practitioners of Chicago style Blues including Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Johnson, Son Seals, Junior Wells, Valerie Wellington, Sugar Blue, Larry McCray, Zora Young, and The Dells.


Wayne Baker Brooks aka WBB

Blues / Funk / Rock


Labai įdomus Wayne Baker Brooks grojamas bliuzas, kartais derinamas su šiuolaikinėmis muzikos priemonėmis. The son of blues great Lonnie Brooks, Wayne Baker Brooks (38 years old, Chicago) may have been born into Chicago blues royalty, but that doesn't mean he hasn't paid his dues along the way. He joined his father's band as a roadie in 1988, and started playing guitar in the band in 1990. In 1997, he formed the Wayne Baker Brooks Band while continuing to work with his father and his guitar-playing brother, Ronnie Baker Brooks. In 1998, in addition to appearing in the film Blues Brothers 2000, he also co-wrote Blues for Dummies with his father and Cub Koda, earning his first Real Blues magazine award (Keeping the Blues Alive) for the effort. In the next few years, he also had cameos in Barbershop and Barbershop 2 and was asked to perform at the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Chicago.


Willie Dixon

Blues / Classic Rock / Pop
"Poet of the Blues"
William James "Willie" Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) was a well-known American blues bassist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer.[1] His songs, including "Little Red Rooster", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Evil", "Spoonful", "Back Door Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "I Ain't Superstitious", "My Babe", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Bring It on Home", written during the peak of Chess Records, 1950-1965, and performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter, influenced a worldwide generation of musicians. Next to Muddy Waters, he was the most influential person in shaping the post-World War II sound of the Chicago blues.[3] He also was an important link between the blues and rock and roll, working with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley in the late-1950s, and his songs were covered by some of the biggest bands of the 1960s and 1970s, including Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Grateful Dead. Willie Kent
Blues / Blues / Blues
"Unoffical Willie Kent Fan Page"
Willie Kent (September 24(Correction: born February 24th see Social Security index) 1936 – March 2, 2006) was an American blues singer, bassist and songwriter. He was born in Inverness, Sunflower County, Mississippi. **********************************************************************

Willie Big Eyes Smith

Blues / Blues / Blues

"Willie "Big Eyes" Smith"
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (born January 19, 1936 in Helena, Arkansas) is an American blues vocalist, and multi-award winning drummer. Starting in the early 1960s, he joined the Muddy Waters band for almost two decades. Born in Helena, Arkansas, in 1936, Willie learned to play harmonica at age seventeen just after moving to Chicago, Illinois. Smith's influences included listening to 78s and to KFFA King Biscuit radio shows, some of which were broadcast from Helena's Miller Theater, where he saw guitar player Joe Willie Wilkins, and harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson II. On a Chicago visit in 1953 his mother took him to hear Muddy Waters at the Zanzibar, where Henry Strong's harp playing inspired him to learn that instrument. In 1956, at the age of eighteen he formed a trio. He led the band on harp, Bobby Lee Burns played guitar, and Clifton James, who was the drummer. As "Little Willie" Smith he played in the Rocket Four, led by blues guitarists Arthur "Big Boy" Spires. In 1955 Willie played harmonica on Bo Diddley's classic recording of the Willie Dixon song "Diddy Wah Diddy" for the Checker label. Drummers were in more demand than harp players, so Willie switched to drums and starting playing with Muddy Waters band. In 1959, Willie recorded with Waters on the 1960 album Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill Broonzy a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy.

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