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blues-guitarist-Joe Guitar Hughes

Blues guitarist Joe “Guitar” Hughes was a huge fan of the blues from an early age. His heroes included people like Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. Basically anyone who had a good feel and was playing with a good shuffle he was a fan of.

In the 1960s Joe was able to land a job working for Little Richard and the Upsetters, before moving to Bobby Blands band later in the 1960s. Just like one of his idols Johnny Copeland he really was unsure of the future in Houston but unlike Johnny Mr. Hughes decided to stay.

Unfortunately because of this decision there was a long dry spell where he is was unable to play for much money. But finally he came back into the spotlight with a great record called “If You Want To See These Blues”, which was released for Black Top records.

During the 1980s he was able to tour Europe and record another album entitled Texas Guitar Master in 1986.

After a long career playing the blues guitarist Joe “Guitar” Hughes passed away on May 20, 2003 from a heart attack.

Top 5 Songs

Walk On
Bad Dreams
My Baby Told Me
That’s Life
Moving To The Country

Top 3 Albums

If You Want To See These Blues
Down & Depressed
Texas Guitar Slinger

Discography

1988 – Craftsman (Double Trouble)
1989 – If You Want To See These Blues (Black Top)
1995 – Down & Depressed (The Network)
1996 – Live At Vrendenburg (Double Trouble)
1996 – Texas Guitar Slinger (Bullseye Blues)
2001 – Stuff Like That (Blues Express)

blues-guitarist-David Hidalgo

David Hidalgo was a blues guitarist with great passion. Born in Los Angeles on October 6, 1954 he is most famous for his work with the band Los Lobos. He is also worked in a side project for many years with a band called Houndog.

He is also a multi-instrumentalist and plays instruments such as the accordian, violin, 6 string banjo and the cello.

This blues guitarist is frequently called upon to play on areas recordings and is a famous studio musician in the Los Angeles area. He is also very well known as an American singer-songwriter.

Still active today, it is highly recommended that you check out some of his work.

Top 5 Songs

One Time One Night
The Valley
Will The Wolf Survive
Mon Conné La Cause
La Sirena

Top 3 Albums

American Horizon
Songs of Wood & Steel
Kambara Music in Native Tongues

Discography

American Horizon (2009)
Songs of Wood & Steel (2008)
Kambara Music in Native Tongues (1998)

blues-guitarist-Slim Harpo

Originally born with the name James Moore, this blues guitarist was the eldest of an orphaned family. During the 1930s and early 1940s worked as a longshoreman and dock worker to earn a living. He first began in Baton Rouge performing in bars and other juke box joints under the name Harmonica Slim. He was an excellent musician both live and in the studio and recorded a number of hits including the Grammy Hall of Fame single “I’m a King Bee” and also “I Got Love If You Want It”.

Enjoying a long line of popular R&B singles he was even able to be inducted into the rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame.

He was a great influence to many of the British rock bands of the time including the Rolling Stones Yardbirds and Pink Floyd who all featured versions of his songs in their repertoire.

Although he achieved a great deal of success he was never a full-time musician, he owned and operated his own trucking company all through the 1960s.

This blues guitarist died at the young age of 46 from a heart attack and was buried in a cemetery in a small town in Louisiana.

Top 5 Songs

Baby Scratch My Back
I’m a King Bee
Shake Your Hips
I Got Love If You Want It
Cigarettes

Top 3 Albums

Baby Scratch My Back
Got Love If You Want It
Tip On In

Discography

Albums
Baby Scratch My Back (1966)
Tip On In (1968)
Got Love If You Want It (1980)
Sings “Raining In My Heart…”

Singles
Baby Scratch My Back/I’m Gonna Miss You (1966)
I’m Gonna Keep What I’ve Got/I’ve Got To Be With You Tonight (1967)
I’m Your Bread Maker, Baby/”Loving You” (1967)
Rainin’ In My Heart (1973)

Compilations
The Best of Slim Harpo (1969)
The Best of Slim Harpo – The Original King Bee (1983)
Slim Harpo Knew the Blues

Big Jack Johnson – Blues Guitarist & Vocalist, Clarksdale Guitarist And vocalist

Big Jack Johnson is an American electric blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Born on July 30, 1940, in Lambert, Mississippi, Johnson was playing guitar with his father’s blues and country band when he was only thirteen. He sat in with Frank Frost and Sam Carr at the Savoy Theatre in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and began recording with them for Phillips International and Jewel Records. Johnson has recorded both solo and as a member of the blues groups the Jelly Roll Kings and Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers. Blues Guitarist Johnson’s first recordings as a singer were marked in 1979 when Rockin’ the Juke Joint Down was released as by the Jelly Roll Kings.

Top 5 Songs

Daddy, When is Mama Comin’ Home
Catfish Blues
Too Many Drivers
The Blues is Alright!
Sweet Little Angel

Top 3 Albums

The Oil Man
Rooster Blues
We Got to Stop This Killin’

Discography

1987: The Oil Man
1987: Rooster Blues
1991: Daddy, When Is Mama Comin’ Home
1996: We Got to Stop This Killin’
1997: Live in Chicago
1998: All the Way Back
1998: Live in Chicago
2000: Roots Stew
2002: The Memphis Barbecue Sessions
2007: Black Snake Moan

John Mayall – A pioneering English Blues Singer, Songwriter And Multi-Instrumentalist.

Blues guitarist John Mayall, the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, is a pioneering English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a great influence on many artists including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, etc. Born on November 29, 1933, in Macclesfield, England, Mayall—perhaps affected by his guitarist and jazz music enthusiast father, Murray Mayall—was attracted to the sounds of American blues players from an early age and taught himself to play the guitar, harmonica, and piano. In 1963, blues guitarist Mayall started his full time musical career and he has been living in the U. S. since the end of the 1960s.

Top 5 Songs

All Your Love
So Many Roads
Parchman Farm
Key to Love
Looking Back

Top 3 Albums

Bare Wires
Empty Rooms
Crusade

Discography

Original John Mayall albums
1965: John Mayall Plays John Mayall
1966: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
1967: A Hard Road
1967: Bluesbreakers with Paul Butterfield
1967: Crusade
1967: The Blues Alone
1968: The Diary of a Band – Volume One
1968: The Diary of a Band – Volume Two
1968: Bare Wires
1968: Blues from Laurel Canyon
1969: Looking Back
1969: Thru the Years
1969: The Turning Point
1970: Empty Rooms
1970: USA Union
1971: Back to the Roots
1971: Memories
1972: Jazz Blues Fusion
1973: Moving On
1973: Ten Years Are Gone
1974: The Latest Edition
1975: New Year, New Band, New Company
1975: Notice to Appear
1976: Banquet in Blues
1977: Lots of People
1977: A Hard Core Package
1977: Primal Solos
1978: The Last of the British Blues
1979: Bottom Line
1980: No More Interviews
1982: Road Show Blues
1985: Return Of The Bluesbreakers
1985: Behind the Iron Curtain
1987: Chicago Line
1988: The Power of the Blues
1988: (<-1971) Archives to Eighties
1990: A Sense of Place
1992: Cross Country Blues
1993: Wake Up Call
1994: The 1982 Reunion Concert
1995: Spinning Coin
1997: Blues for the Lost Days
1999: Padlock on the Blues
1999: Rock the Blues Tonight
1999: Live at the Marquee 1969
1999: The Masters
1999: Live:1969
2001: Along for the Ride
2002: Stories
2003: 70th Birthday Concert
2005: Road Dogs
2005: Rolling with the Blues
2007: Live at the BBC
2007: In the Palace of the King
2007: Live from Austin, Tx
2009: Tough

Unofficial, limited editions & bootlegs
1990: Crocodile Walk
1984: Blues Alive
198?: Back to the Roots
198?: Dal vivo a Milano
1996: Bulldogs For Sale
199?: Beano’s Boys
199?: The first 5 years
199?: Simply Outstanding, live at the Fillmore West ’68
1999: Horny Blues
1999: Mayallapolis Blues
2000: Time Capsule
2001: UK Tour 2K
2001: Boogie Woogie Man
2001: Archive:live
2003: No Days Off

Singles
1964: “Crawling Up The Hill / Mr. James”
1965: “Crocodile Walk / Blues City Shakedown”
1965: “I’m Your Witchdoctor / Telephone Blues”
1966: “Lonely Years / Bernard Jenkins”
1966: “Parchman Farm / Key To Love”
1966: “Looking Back / So Many Roads”
1967: “Sitting In The Rain / Out Of Reach”
1967: “Curly / Rubber Duck”
1967: “I’m Your Witchdoctor/ Telephone Blues”
1967: “Double Trouble / It Hurts Me Too”
1967: “Suspicions Pt.1 / Suspicions Pt.2”
1968: “Picture On The Wall / Jenny”
1968: “No Reply / She’s Too Young”
1968: “The Bear / 2401”