One Hell of a Blues Band.

by big-gun | created - 01 Sep 2016 | updated - 04 Sep 2016 | Public

1. Pink Anderson

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 ...

2. Bobby Bland

Soundtrack | The Fugitive

Bobby Bland was born on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee, USA as Robert Calvin Brooks. He was married to Willie Mae Bland. He died on June 23, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.

3. Big Bill Broonzy

Soundtrack | The Terminal

Big Bill Broonzy was born on June 26, 1893 in Scott, Mississippi, USA as Lee Conley Bradley. He died on August 15, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

4. Roy Buchanan

Soundtrack | The Departed

Roy Buchanan was born on September 23, 1939 in Ozark, Arkansas, USA as Leroy Buchanan. He was married to Judy. He died on August 14, 1988 in Reston, Virginia, USA.

5. Howlin' Wolf

Soundtrack | The Sopranos

Howlin' Wolf was born on June 10, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi, USA as Chester Arthur Burnett. He was married to Lillie Handley. He died on January 10, 1976 in Hines, Illinois, USA.

6. R.L. Burnside

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...

7. Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd

Soundtrack | Cape Fear

Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd was born on December 19, 1918 in Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA as Henry Roeland Byrd. He died on January 30, 1980 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

8. Little Milton

Soundtrack | Deuces Wild

Little Milton was born on September 7, 1933 in Inverness, Mississippi, USA as James Milton Campbell. He was married to Lesterine Patricia Campbell. He died on August 4, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

9. Bo Carter

Soundtrack | Life

10. Ida Cox

Actress | Woman's a Fool

Ida Cox was born on February 25, 1888 in Cedartown, Georgia, USA as Ida Prather. She was married to Jesse Crump, Adler Cox (musician) and Eugene Williams. She died on November 10, 1967 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

12. Walter Davis

Self | Blues Like Showers of Rain

Walter Davis was born on March 1, 1912 in Grenada, Mississippi, USA. He died on October 22, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

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 ...

17. Jessie Mae Hemphill

Soundtrack | Black Snake Moan

Jessie Mae Hemphill was born on October 18, 1934 in Senatobia, Mississippi, USA. She died on July 22, 2006 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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.

Canned Heat.

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.

Boom boom boom boom.

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 ...

24. Blind Lemon Jefferson

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 ...

25. Robert Johnson

Soundtrack | The Skeleton Key

Robert Johnson was born on May 8, 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, USA as Robert Leroy Johnson. He was married to Calleta "Callie" Craft and Virginia Travis. He died on August 13, 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi.

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 ...

28. B.B. King

Actor | Blues Brothers 2000

B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 as Riley B. King. He was married to Sue Carol Hall and Martha Lee Denton. He died on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

29. Leadbelly

Soundtrack | The Losers

Leadbelly was born on January 29, 1885 in Louisiana, USA as Huddie William Ledbetter. He was married to Martha Promise and Aletha Henderson. He died on December 6, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA.

30. Robert Lockwood Jr.

Soundtrack | The Arrival

Robert Lockwood Jr. was born on March 27, 1915 in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, USA. He died on November 21, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

31. Fred McDowell

Soundtrack | Muscle Shoals

Fred McDowell was born on January 12, 1904 in Rossville, Tennessee, USA. He died on July 3, 1972 in Memphis, Tennessee.

32. Blind Willie McTell

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 ...

33. Major Merriweather

Soundtrack | The Big Something

Blues piano player who recorded from 1941-1949.

34. St. Louis Jimmy

Soundtrack | Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua

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...

35. Charley Patton

Soundtrack | I Am Joe

Charley Patton was born on May 1, 1891 in Bolton, Mississippi, USA. He was married to Bertha Lee. He died on April 28, 1934 in Indianola, Mississippi.

36. Pinetop Perkins

Actor | The Blues Brothers

Pinetop Perkins was born on July 7, 1913 in Belzoni, Mississippi, USA as Joe Willie Perkins. He died on March 21, 2011 in Austin, Texas, USA.

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 ...

38. Lonnie Pitchford

Soundtrack | A Love Song for Bobby Long

Lonnie Pitchford was born on October 8, 1955 in Lexington, Mississippi, USA. He died on November 8, 1998 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

39. Ma Rainey

Soundtrack | Repo Man

Blues musician, with such songs as "Slave to the Blues," "Jelly Bean Blues," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" , and "Bo Weevil Blues." She was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

40. Johnny Shines

Soundtrack | The Velvet Vampire

Johnny Shines was born on April 26, 1915 in Frayser, Tennessee, USA as John Ned Shines. He was married to Candy. He died on April 20, 1992 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.

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...

42. Bessie Smith

Soundtrack | Angel Heart

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Elizabeth Smith. She was married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA.

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.

44. James Son Thomas

Composer | Portrait of America

James Son Thomas is a composer, known for Portrait of America (1983), Sugar Mama (1999) and Delta Blues (1997).

45. Big Mama Thornton

Soundtrack | A Few Good Men

Big Mama Thornton was born on December 11, 1926 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. She died on July 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

46. L.C. Ulmer

Self | I Am the Blues

L.C. Ulmer was born on August 28, 1928 in Stringer, Mississippi, USA as Lee Chester Ulmer. He died on February 14, 2016 in Ellisville, Mississippi.

47. Townes van Zandt

Soundtrack | In Bruges

Townes van Zandt was born on March 7, 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. He was married to Jeanene Munselle, Cindy and Fran Petters. He died on January 1, 1997 in Smyrna, Tennessee, USA.

48. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Soundtrack | Unbreakable

Stevie Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was married to Lenora "Lenny" Darlene Bailey. He died on August 27, 1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin, USA.

49. T-Bone Walker

Soundtrack | The Firm

T-Bone Walker was born on May 28, 1910 in Linden, Texas, USA as Aaron Thibeaux Walker. He was married to Vida. He died on March 16, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, 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 ...

51. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

Soundtrack | Syriana

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson was born on February 3, 1935 in Houston, Texas, USA as John Watson Jr. He died on May 17, 1996 in Yokohama, Japan.

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 ...

53. Bukka White

Soundtrack | On the Road

Bukka White was born on November 12, 1906 in Houston, Mississippi, USA as Booker T. Washington White. He died on February 26, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

54. Big Joe Williams

Soundtrack | Wild at Heart

Big Joe Williams was born on October 16, 1903 in Crawford, Mississippi, USA. He died on December 17, 1982 in Macon, Mississippi.

55. Sonny Boy Williamson

Soundtrack | Mulholland Dr.

Sonny Boy Williamson was born on December 5, 1899 in Glendora, Mississippi, USA as Aleck Miller. He died on May 25, 1965 in Helena, Arkansas, USA.

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, ...

57. Johnny Winter

Soundtrack | The Accused

Johnny Winter was born on February 23, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, USA as John Dawson Winter III. He was married to Susan Warford. He died on July 16, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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