One Hell of a Blues Band.by big-gun | created - 01 Sep 2016 | updated - 04 Sep 2016 | Public
Self | The Blues
Pinkney "Pink" Anderson was a singer and blues musician--mainly guitar--who was born in Laurens, SC, in 1900. He spent much of his career performing in traveling medicine shows, doing old minstrel, folk and ragtime tunes and even performing early blues numbers. As a child he made money by dancing ...
Soundtrack | Footloose
Blues guitarist R.L. Burnside was born in Oxford, Mississippi, in 1926. He learned how to play the guitar while watching Muddy Waters and Mississippi Fred McDowell play at various house parties held around the Mississippi Delta. Later he went out on his own and made the rounds of Delta "juke joints...
13. Bo Diddley
Actor | Blues Brothers 2000
Ever heard "I Want Candy" or "Not Fade Away" or "Willie & The Hand Jive", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame" or U2's "Desire" or George Michael's "Faith"? If you have, then you've heard the "Bo Diddley beat", the most famous beat in the world! One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Bo ...
14. Honeyboy Edwards
Soundtrack | Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
"Delta blues" artist David "Honeyboy"--a nickname his sister gave him as a child--Edwards was born in Shaw, MS, in 1915. He taught himself to play the guitar as a boy by listening to such bluesmen as Tommy McClennan and Robert Petway. By age 14 he was playing in "juke joints" in the South with such...
15. T-Model Ford
Soundtrack | Big Bad Love
Blues singer and guitarist T-Model Ford was born as James Lewis Carter Ford in 1924 in the small rural town of Forest, Mississippi. By age eleven T-Model was plowing a field behind a mule on his family's farm. Ford got a job at a local saw mill in his early teens. T-Model eventually secured an even...
16. Jesse Fuller
Soundtrack | The Great White Hope
Blues singer/musician Jesse Fuller was born in Jonesboro, GA, in 1896. He learned to play guitar as a youth, but didn't really embark on a career as a professional musician until he was in his 50s. In his 30s he drifted across the US and wound up in Los Angeles, where he got a succession of odd ...
18. Jimi Hendrix
Soundtrack | Woodstock
Widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al ...
19. Bob Hite
Soundtrack | Monterey Pop
Bob Hite was born on February 26, 1943 in Torrance, California, USA as Robert Ernest Hite. He died on April 16, 1981 in North Hollywood, California.
20. John Lee Hooker
Soundtrack | Hancock
John Lee Hooker was born on August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. He was married to Maude Mathis, Alma Hopes and Sarah Jones. He died on June 21, 2001 in Los Altos, California, USA.
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21. Son House
Soundtrack | Supernatural
Legendary bluesman and one of the originators of the Mississippi Delta blues style, Son House was born Eddie Jones Jr. in 1902 in Riverton, MS, a small impoverished town in the Mississippi Delta. He sang in his local Baptist church as a youth and actually became a preacher at 20 years of age. His ...
22. Elmore James
Soundtrack | '71
Mississippi-born Elmore Leonard was a blues musician known as "The King of the Slide Guitar". He played on various radio shows throughout the South and built up a following. In 1951, he recorded his first record, "Dust My Broom", for the small Trumpet Records label out of Jackson, MS. It became a "...
23. Skip James
Soundtrack | Her
Blues singer/guitarist Skip James was born in Bentonia, MS, in 1902, the son of a minister. He learned to play piano and guitar in high school, and it wasn't long before he was playing gigs at local dances and parties. In 1930 a Mississippi record-store owner heard him and arranged for him to ...
Soundtrack | Lore
Blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson has been called the most influential bluesman in the history of blues singers. While his recording career was prolific but short--almost 100 titles from 1926-29--he became arguably the most popular blues singer in black America.
Born in Couchman, TX, in 1897, he ...
26. Janis Joplin
Soundtrack | Watchmen
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...
27. Junior Kimbrough
Soundtrack | Focus
Born David Kimbrough in Hudsonville, MS, in 1930, Junior Kimbrough learned to play guitar as a child by listening to the records of such blues artists as Mississippi Fred McDowell. He made his first record, "Tramp", in 1968, and followed that with several more singles, but although he was well ...
Soundtrack | Le Havre
Blues guitarist Blind Willie McTell was born in Thompson, GA, in 1901. His mother taught him how to play guitar when he was young (accounts differ as to how he became blind; some historians say he was born blind, others that he was blinded as a teenager). When his mother died he left home and ...
34. St. Louis Jimmy
St. Louis Jimmy (aka "St. Louis Jimmy Oden") was born James Burke Oden in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1903. He left Nashville at around age 14 and moved to St. Louis, MO, where he teamed up with blues pianist Roosevelt Sykes and they played various clubs and private parties around the city. In 1932 he...
37. Robert Petway
Soundtrack | Black Snake Moan
Little is known about the early days of Mississippi Delta blues singer/guitarist Robert Petway. He grew up in the Yazoo City area, but it's not known if he was born there or, in fact, where or when he was born.
What is known is that in the late 1920s he was a friend and partner of Delta bluesman ...
41. J.D. Short
Self | The Blues
Bluesman J.D. Short is considered by many to be a part of the "St.Louis blues" scene, he actually learned his craft in Port Gibson, MS, where he was born in 1902. An all-around talent--he played guitar, harmonica, piano, and was a singer--he moved to St. Louis after making his name in the Delta. He...
43. Mamie Smith
Soundtrack | Beginners
Mamie Smith was born on May 26, 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She was an actress, known for Beginners (2010), Paradise in Harlem (1939) and Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941). She was married to Jack Goldberg. She died on October 30, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA.
50. Muddy Waters
Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting
Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) was one of the major forces in contemporary blues. He was instrumental in bringing the sound of the Mississippi Delta to Chicago in the 1940s, where his recordings for the Chess label exerted an enormous influence on both blues and rock musicians from the ...
52. Junior Wells
Soundtrack | The Hitman's Bodyguard
Born in Memphis in 1934, Junior Wells was one of the primary blues harmonica players in Chicago after World War II. Influenced by Sonny Boy Williamson and, especially, Walter Jacobs (aka "Little Walter"), Wells helped to define the sound of the harmonica in the 1950s, first with the Aces, a group ...
56. Alan Wilson
Soundtrack | Frequency
Alan Wilson grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts, where he attended Arlington High School and where his love for blues grew, along with his blues record collection. He went out to Los Angeles to attend school, where he met Bob Hite, who shared a similar love for blues music. They formed the band, ...