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Johnny Winter – An American Music Legend

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter was born in 1944 along with his brother Edgar Winter. Both the Winter boys showed an early aptitude for music and this gift was nurtured throughout childhood by their parents. Johnny is known for his distinct southern blues-rock type style and he is also somewhat known for his appearance as he and his brother were both born Albinos. Johnny was offered what was at the time on of the largest advances in history ($600,000) by Columbia records after famed blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield invited him on stage to sing and play. His career took off after this but he unfortunately became addicted to heroine. After a long struggle Johnny is now clean and continues to wow audiences across the world with his amazing blues guitar playing.

Johnny Winter

Top 5 Songs

Still Alive and Well

Roll with Me

Bad Girl Blues

Help Me

Hard Way

Top 3 Albums

Johnny Winter And

Saints & Sinners

The Progressive Blues Experiment

Discography

Official albums

[edit]Compilation albums (some non-official)

  • The Johnny Winter Story (1969)
  • About Blues (1970)
  • Early Times (1970)
  • Before The Storm (1970)
  • Birds Can’t Row Boats (1988)
  • The Texas Tornado (1992)
  • A Rock n’ Roll Collection (1994)
  • White Hot Blues (1997)
  • Winter Blues (1997)
  • The Return of Johnny Guitar – best of 1984-86 (2000)
  • Deluxe Edition (Alligator) (2001)
  • The Best of Johnny Winter (Sony) (2002)

[edit]Non-official albums

  • Austin, TX also known as The Progressive Blues Experiment (1972)
  • Dervish Blues (live San Bernadino, Ca.) (1975)
  • Whole Lotta Love (1978)
  • Ready for Winter (1981)
  • Still Blues After All These Years/Live In Chicago (1990)
  • A Lone Star Kind of Day (Relix- Roy C. Ames production) (1991)
  • Jack Daniels Kind of Day (1992)
  • White Lightning (1996)
  • Back in Beaumont (2000)

Buddy Guy – An American Blues Music And Rock Music Guitarist

Blues guitarist Buddy Guy was born in a small town called Lettsworth in Louisiana. He learned guitar as a child on a home made instrument that had two strings called a Diddley Bow that he constructed himself. He later donated this instrument to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has played with some of the best in the business including Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix quoted him as a major influence in his playing. Buddy was very well known for his showmanship during his soloing. Often times he would take drumsticks and beat on his guitar or even walk into the audience during a blues guitar solo, winning the admiration of many fans. He gained his first record contract by winning a competition against Magic Sam and Otis Rush and never looked back from then on! He is also the father of famous rapper Shawna and has a son that is a successful hip hop producer.

Buddy Guy

Top 5 Songs

Blues at my Baby’s House

Breaking Out on Top

Garbage Man Blues

Have you ever Been Lonesome

I didn’t know My Mother had A Son Like Me

Top 3 Albums

It’s my Life, Baby!

Blues Today

Hot and Cool

Discography

Album Year Label Notes
Hoodoo Man Blues 1965 Delmark w/ Junior Wells band
Chicago/The Blues/Today! vol. 1 1966 Vanguard w/ Junior Wells band
It’s my Life, Baby! 1966 Vanguard w/ Junior Wells band
I Left My Blues in San Francisco 1967 Chess  
Berlin festival – Guitar Workshop 1967 MPS Long Play released in Argentina by Microphone Argentina S.A. (1974)
A Man and the Blues 1968 Vanguard  
Coming At You 1968 Vanguard  
Blues Today 1968 Vanguard  
This Is Buddy Guy (live) 1968 Vanguard  
Hot And Cool 1969 Vanguard  
First Time I Met the Blues-Python 1969    
Buddy and the Juniors 1970 MCA w/ Junior Mance & Junior Wells
South Side Blues Jam 1970 Delmark w/ Junior Wells and Otis Spann
In The Beginning 1971 Red Lightnin’  
Play The Blues 1972 Rhino w/ Junior Wells
Hold That Plane! 1972 Vanguard  
I Was Walking Through the Woods 1974 Chess rec. 1960–64
Got to Use Your House 1979 Blues Ball  
Stone Crazy 1981 Alligator  
Alone & Acoustic 1981 Alligator w/ Junior Wells, France release only
Drinkin’ TNT ‘n’ Smokin’ Dynamite (live) 1982 Blind Pig rec. 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival
DJ Play My Blues 1982 JSP Records  
Dollar Done Fell 1982 JSP Records  
Buddy Guy 1983 Chess  
The Original Blues Brothers (live) 1983 Blue Moon  
Ten Blue Fingers 1985 JSP Records  
Atlantic Blues: Chicago 1986 Atlantic  
Chess Masters 1987 Charly)  
Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago-1979 1988 JSP Records  
Breaking Out 1988 JSP Records  
I Ain’t Got No Money 1989 Flyright  
Alone & Acoustic 1991 Alligator reissue, rec. 1981 w/ Junior Wells
Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues 1991 Silvertone/BMG  
Buddy’s Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy 1991 Silvertone  
My Time After Awhile 1992 Vanguard  
The Very Best of Buddy Guy 1992 Rhino/WEA  
The Complete Chess Studio Recordings 1992 Chess 2 CD, 1960–67
Live at Montreaux 1992 Evidence w/ Junior Wells
Feels Like Rain 1993 Silvertone  
Slippin’ In 1994 Silvertone  
Live: The Real Deal 1996 Silvertone  
Buddy’s Blues 1997 Chess “Chess Masters”  
Buddy’s Blues 1978-1982: The Best of the JSP Recordings 1998 JSP Records  
As Good As It Gets 1998 Vanguard  
Heavy Love 1998 Silvertone  
Last Time Around – Live at Legends 1998 Jive w/Junior Wells
This Is Buddy Guy 1998 VMD  
Blues Master 1998 Vanguard  
Buddy’s Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy 1999 Silvertone  
The Complete Vanguard Recordings 2000 Vanguard  
Every Day I Have the Blues 2000 Purple Pyramid w/ Junior Wells
20th Century Masters: The Millennium: The Best of Buddy Guy 2001 MCA  
Sweet Tea 2001 Silvertone  
Double Dynamite 2001 AIM Recording Co. Import
Blues Singer 2003 Silvertone  
Chicago Blues Festival 1964 (live) 2003 Stardust  
Jammin’ Blues Electric & Acoustic 2003 Sony a compilation of tracks from Live: The Real Deal and Last Time Around – Live At Legends
Live At the Mystery Club 2003 Quicksilver the same recording as Every Day I Have The Blues
A Night of the Blues 2005   w/ Junior Wells – Master Classics – the same recording as Every Day I Have The Blues
Bring ‘Em In 2005 Jive  
Can’t Quit The Blues:Box Set 2006 Silvertone/Legacy Recordings  
Live: The Real Deal 2006 Sony w/ G.E. Smith & Saturday Night Live Band
Skin Deep 2008 Zomba  
The Definitive Buddy Guy 2009 Shout! Factory his first single-disc career-spanning CD

B.B. King – Official Site The king of the Blues

B.B. King is probably the most famous or well-known blues guitarist in the world. It’s hard to think of blues guitar without thinking of B.B. King. He is a household name and has even lent his name to a series of Diabetic product commercials that you have no doubt seen if you live in North America. Born in a small town near Indianola, Mississippi King bought his first guitar for $15 dollars. He followed his cousin, famous blues guitarist Bukka White to Memphis where he initially worked at a Radio Station spinning records. His career began to take flight in 1948 while he was playing for local audiences in and around Memphis who really liked his sound and really took off when in 1949 he started recording for RPM recorders under the infamous Sam Phillips who would later form Sun Records and launch a million careers. B.B. plays his famous guitar “Lucille” to this day and will always be known as one of the greatest blues guitarists to ever walk the face of the earth.

B.B. King

Top 5 Songs

All Over Again

I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water

Blue Shadows

Just a Dream

You’re Still a Parallelogram

Top 3 Albums

Mr. Blues

To Know You Is To Love You

Lucille Talks Back

Discography

Year Album RIAA Certification
1956 Singin’ the Blues (Crown Records)
1958 The Blues (Crown Records)
1959 Sings Spirituals (Crown Records)
1961 My Kind of Blues
1962 Mr. Blues
1963 Blues in My Heart
1965 Live at the Regal (live)
1966 Confessin’ the Blues
1967 Blues Is King
The Jungle
1968 Blues on Top of Blues
Lucille
The Kings’ Jam (Live Bootleg) (w/Jimi Hendrix Live From the Generation Club, NY)
1969 Live & Well
Completely Well
1970 Indianola Mississippi Seeds
1971 Live in Cook County Jail
B. B. King in London
1972 Guess Who
L.A. Midnight
1973 To Know You Is To Love You
1974 Together for the First Time…Live (With Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland) Gold
1974 Friends
1975 Lucille Talks Back
1976 Bobby Bland and B. B. King Together Again…Live
1977 King Size
1978 Midnight Believer
1979 Take It Home
1980 Now Appearing at Ole Miss (live)
1981 There Must Be a Better World Somewhere
1982 Love Me Tender
1983 Why I Sing the Blues
1985 Six Silver Strings
1990 B. B. King and Sons Live (live)
1991 Live at San Quentin
Live at the Apollo (live)
There is Always One More Time
1992 King of the Blues
1995 Lucille & Friends
1996 Favorite Gospel Hymns
1997 Deuces Wild Gold
1997 Best of King Platinum
1998 Blues on the Bayou
1999 Live in Japan
Let the Good Times Roll
2000 Riding with the King 2x Multi-Platinum
Makin’ Love Is Good for You
2003 Reflections
2004 Gospel Blues
2005 The Ultimate Collection
B. B. King & Friends: 80
2007 The Best of the Early Years
2007 Forever Gold: B. B. King Live
2008 Live
2008 One Kind Favor
2009 Live At The BBC

[edit]Singles

Year Name Chart
R&B Pop Rock UK[1]
1949 “Miss Martha King” (Bullet)        
1949 “Got the Blues”        
1950 “Mistreated Woman” (RPM)        
“The Other Night Blues”        
“I Am”        
“My Baby’s Gone”        
1951 “B. B. Blues”        
“She’s a Mean Woman”        
“Three O’Clock Blues” #1      
1952 “Fine-Looking Woman”        
“Shake It Up and Go”        
“Someday, Somewhere”        
“You Didn’t Want Me”        
“Story from My Heart and Soul” #9      
1953 “Woke Up this Morning with a Bellyache”        
“Please Love Me” #1      
“Neighborhood Affair”        
“Why Did You Leave Me”        
“Praying to the Lord”        
1954 “Love Me Baby”        
“Everything I Do Is Wrong”        
“When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer” #8      
“You Upset Me Baby” #1      
1955 “Sneaking Around” #14      
Every Day I Have the Blues[2] #8      
“Lonely and Blue”        
“Shut Your Mouth”        
“Talkin’ the Blues”        
“What Can I Do (Just Sing the Blues)”        
“Ten Long Years”[3] #9      
1956 “I’m Cracking Up Over You”        
“Crying Won’t Help You” #15      
“Did You Ever Love a Woman?”        
“Dark Is the Night, Pts. I & II”        
Sweet Little Angel #6      
“Bad Luck”[4] #3      
“On My Word of Honor” #3      
1957 “Early in the Morning”        
“How Do I Love You”        
“I Want to Get Married” #14      
“Troubles, Troubles, Troubles”[5] #13      
“(I’m Gonna) Quit My Baby”        
“Be Careful with a Fool”[6]   #95    
“The Keyblade to My Kingdom”        
1958 “Why Do Everything Happen to Me” (Kent)        
“Don’t Look Now, But You Got the Blues”        
“Please Accept My Love” #9      
“You’ve Been an Angel”[7] #16      
“The Fool”        
1959 “A Lonely Lover’s Plea”        
“Time to Say Goodbye”        
“Sugar Mama”        
“Army Of The Lord”      
1960 “Sweet Sixteen, Pt. I” #2      
“You Done Lost Your Good Thing”        
“Things Are Not the Same”        
“Bad Luck Soul”        
“Hold That Train”        
1961 Someday Baby        
“Peace of Mind”[8] #7      
“Bad Case of Love”        
1962 “Lonely”        
“I’m Gonna Sit Till You Give In” (ABC)        
“Down Now” (Kent)        
1963 “The Road I Travel”        
“The Letter”        
“Precious Lord”        
1964 “How Blue Can You Get” (ABC)   #97[9]    
“You’re Gonna Miss Me” (Kent)        
“Beautician Blues”        
“Help the Poor” (ABC)   #98[9]    
“The Worst Thing in My Life” (Kent)        
Rock Me Baby   #34[9]    
“The Hurt” (ABC)        
“Never Trust a Woman”   #90[9]    
Please Send Me Someone to Love        
“Night Owl”        
1965 “I Need You”        
“All Over Again”        
“I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water”        
“Blue Shadows” (Kent)        
“Just a Dream”        
“You’re Still a Parallelogram” (ABC)        
“Broken Promise” (Kent)        
1966 Eyesight to the Blind        
“Five Long Years”        
Ain’t Nobody’s Business        
“Don’t Answer the Door, Pt. I” (ABC) #2 #72    
“I Say in the Mood” (Kent) #45      
“Waitin’ for You” (ABC)        
1967 “Blues Stay Away” (Kent)        
“The Jungle”        
“Growing Old”        
1968 “Blues for Me”        
“I Don’t Want You Cuttin’ Off Your Hair” (Bluesway)        
“Shoutin’ the Blues” (Kent)        
“Paying the Cost to Be the Boss” (Bluesway) #10 #39    
“I’m Gonna Do What They Do to Me” #26 #74    
“The B. B. Jones”   #98    
“You Put It on Me”[10] #25 #82    
“The Woman I Love” #31 #94    
1969 “Get Myself Somebody”        
“I Want You So Bad”        
“Get Off My Back Woman”[11] #32 #74    
“Why I Sing the Blues” #13 #61    
“Just a Little Love” #15 #76    
“I Want You So Bad” #34      
1970 The Thrill Is Gone #3 #15    
“So Excited” #14 #54    
“Hummingbird” #25 #48    
Worried Life #48      
“Ask Me No Questions” (ABC) #18 #40    
“Chains and Things” #6 #45    
1971 “Nobody Loves Me But My Mother”        
“Help the Poor” (re-recording) #36 #90    
“Ghetto Woman” #18 #40    
“The Evil Child” #34 #97    
1972 “Sweet Sixteen” (re-recording) #37 #93    
“I Got Some Help I Don’t Need” #28 #92    
“Ain’t Nobody Home” #28 #46    
“Guess Who” #21 #62    
1973 “To Know You Is to Love You” #12 #38    
1974 “I Like to Live the Love” #6 #28    
“Who Are You” #27 #78    
“Philadelphia” #19 #64    
1975 “My Song”        
“Friends”[12] #34      
1976 Let the Good Times Roll #20      
1977 “Slow and Easy” #88      
1978 “Never Make a Move Too Soon” #19      
“I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone” #90      
1979 “Better Not Look Down” #30      
1981 “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” #91      
1985 “Into the Night” #15      
“Big Boss Man” #62      
1988 When Love Comes to Town” (with U2)   #68 #2[13] #6
1992 “The Blues Come Over Me” #63      
“Since I Met You Baby”       #59
2000 “Riding with the King” (with Eric Clapton)     #26


Earl Hooker – The worlds Famous American Blues Guitarist

Blues guitarist Earl Hooker hailed from a rural community in Quitman County, Mississipi that was just outside of Clarksdale. He moved to Chicago at the age of one and this was to be a very important move that would eventually expose the youngster to the world of Chicago Blues. A cousin of John Lee Hooker, Earl was incredibly musically talented from a young age. He started playing guitar at age 10. Earl very rarely sang and this is believed to be because of what was later diagnosed as a speech impediment. Hooker also suffered from tuberculosis at a young age. Hooker began performing on street corners around 1946 with his good friend and fellow blues guitarist Bo Diddley, from then on he maintained a career in blues music and has been a blues guitarist throughout his life.

Earl Hooker

Top 5 songs:

Strung Out Woman Blues
Little Carey’s Jump
Take Me Back to East St. Louis
Improvisations on Dust My Broom
Improvisations on Frosty
Can’t Hold Out Much Longer

Top 3 Albums:

Don’t Have to Worry
Sweet Black Angel
Two Bugs and A Roach

Discography:

Year Title Label Comments
1968 The Genius of Earl Hooker Cuca recorded Sauk City, WI 1964–1967
1969 Two Bugs & A Roach Arhoolie recorded Chicago 1968
1969 Don’t Have to Worry Bluesway recorded Los Angeles 1969
1969 Sweet Black Angel Blue Thumb recorded Los Angeles 1969
1970 Hooker and Steve Arhoolie recorded Berkeley 1969
1972 Funk. The Last of the Great Earl Hooker Blues on Blues recorded Chicago 1969
1972 His First and Last Recordings Arhoolie Sun, Arhoolie recordings 1953, 1968–1969
1993 Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker! Black Top Cuca recordings 1964–1967
1999 Simply the Best: Earl Hooker Collection MCA Chess, Blue Thumb, Bluesway recordings 1956–1969
2003 Blue Guitar: The Chief and Age Sessions 1959–1963 P-Vine Chief/Profile/Age recordings 1959–1963
2006 An Introduction to Earl Hooker Fuel Chief/Age recordings 1959–1962

Freddie King – An Original & The most Gifted Electric Blues Guitarist

Blues guitarist Freddie King was born on Sept 3, 1934 and died December 28, 1976. He was born as Frederick Christian but started recording under the name Freddie King and his nickname “The Texas Cannonball”. He based his style around the Chicago and Texas styles with Texas blues obviously having a large influence on his playing. King maintained a 20 year recording career and was an established session guitarist with Federal Records. While mainly a blues guitarist, King was able to show versatility and was equally at home with a variety of genres including and especially Funk music. With guitarists like Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan citing him as a major influence it’s not hard to tell why he belongs on the list of the 100 greatest blues guitarists!

Freddie King

Top 5 Songs

That’s What You Think
Have You Ever Loved a Woman
Hide Away
Lonesome Whistle Blues
See See Baby

Top 3 Albums

Woman Across The River
My Feeling For The Blues
Freddie King Sings Again

Discography:

Albums
Freddy King Sings Federal 762 (1961)
Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King Federal 773 (1961)
Two Boys And A Girl Freddy King, Lulu Reed & Sonny Thompson. Federal 777 (1962)
Bossa Nova And The Blues Federal 821 (1963)
Freddy King Goes Surfin Federal 856(1963)
Bonanza Of Instrumentals Federal 928 (1965)
Freddie King Sings Again Federal 931(1965)
Freddie King Is A Blues Master Cotillion SD 9004 (1969)
My Feeling For The Blues Cotillion SD 9016 (1970)
Getting Ready Shelter SW8905 (1971)
The Texas Cannonball Shelter SW8913 (1972)
Woman Across The River Shelter SW8921 (1973)
Burglar RSO SO4803 (1974)
Freddie King Larger Than Life RSO SO4811 (1975)

Compilation albums
All His Hits King 5012 (1965)
Freddie King 1934-1976 Polydor 831817-2 (1976)
Just Pickin’ Modern Blues (1989)
Hide Away The Best Of Freddie King Rhino (1993)
King Of The Blues EMI/Shelter (1995)
Staying Home With The Blues Universal/Spectrum (1997)
The Best Of Freddie King: The Shelter Records Years The Right Stuff (2000)
The Best Of Freddie King MCA (2008)
Taking Care of Business Bear Family Records (2009)