B.B. King Similar Artists

Buddy Guy - 100% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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George Guy, 30 July 1936, Lettsworth, Louisiana, USA. An impassioned and influential guitarist, Buddy Guy learned to play the blues on a rudimentary, home made instrument, copying records he heard on the radio. By the mid-50s he was sitting in with several of the region’s leading performers, including Slim Harpo and Lightnin’ Slim. In 1957 Guy moved north to Chicag Read more

Albert King - 93% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Little Walter - 80% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Muddy Waters - 80% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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McKinley Morganfield, 4 April 1913, Rolling Fork, Mississippi, USA, d. 30 April 1983, Chicago, Illinois, USA. One of the dominant figures of post-war blues, Muddy Waters was raised in the rural Mississippi town of Clarksdale, in whose juke-joints he came into contact with the legendary Son House and Robert Nighthawk. Having already mastered the rudiments of the harmonica an Read more

Freddie King - 79% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Eric Clapton - 77% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eric Patrick Clapp, 30 March 1945, Ripley, Surrey, England. The world’s premier living rock guitarist will be forever grateful to his grandparents, for they gave him his first guitar. The young Eric was raised by his grandparents Rose and Jack Clapp when his natural mother could not face bringing up an illegitimate child at the age of 16. He received a £14 acousti Read more

John Lee Hooker - 73% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 August 1917, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 June 2001, Los Altos, California, USA. Dates vary between 1917 to 1920, but owing to the age of Hooker’s mother when he was born, 1917 is the most likely. He was born into a large family, of between 10 and 12 siblings, who all worked on the fields of a large tenanted agricultural farm. Hooker’s first musical exper Read more

Stevie Ray Vaughan - 63% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 October 1954, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 27 August 1990, East Troy, Wisconsin, USA. This remarkable blues guitarist was influenced by his older brother Jimmie Vaughan (of the Fabulous Thunderbirds), whose record collection included key Vaughan motivators such as Albert King, Otis Rush and Lonnie Mack. He honed his style on his brother’s hand-me-down guitars in various hig Read more

Stevie Ray Vaughn - 63% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues
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Albert Collins - 58% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 October 1932, Leona, Texas, USA, d. 24 November 1993, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Collins was the embodiment of the Texas blues guitar style, using non-standard tuning, and slashing out blocked chords and sharp flurries of treble notes (played without a plectrum) to produce an ‘ice-cold’ sound from his Fender Telecaster. As a youth he developed his style by listening Read more

Robert Cray - 56% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 August 1953, Columbus, Georgia, USA. The popularity of guitar-based blues during the 80s had much to do with the unassuming brilliance of this artist. Cray’s music, a mixture of pure blues, soul and rock, and his fluid, clean style owes much to Albert Collins and Peter Green, while on faster numbers a distinct Jimi Hendrix influence is heard.At Read more

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - 54% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 April 1924, Vinton, Louisiana, USA, some sources give Orange, Texas, where he was raised from the age of three weeks, d. 10 September 2005, Orange, Texas, USA. Brown’s father was a musician who taught him to play guitar and fiddle, and during his youth he heard the music of Tampa Red, Bob Wills, Count Basie, and others. He toured the south as a drummer with a travell Read more

Elmore James - 53% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Elmore Brooks, 27 January 1918, Richland, Mississippi, USA, d. 23 May 1963, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although his recording career spanned 10 years, Elmore James is chiefly recalled for his debut release, 1951’s ‘Dust My Broom’. This impassioned, exciting performance, based on a virulent composition by country blues singer Robert Johnson, was marked by the arti Read more

Joe Bonamassa - 53% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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8 May 1977, Utica, New York, USA. Although blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa was only in his mid-twenties by the start of the new millennium, he was already a music veteran, having played with rock band Bloodline during the 90s, before launching a solo career. He first picked up the guitar at the age of four, and by his teens, was playing alongside adult musicians (even ope Read more

Howlin' Wolf - 52% match to B.B. King

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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