Big Joe Williams Similar Artists

Sleepy John Estes - 100% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Adams Estes, 25 January 1899, Ripley, Tennessee, USA, d. 5 June 1977, Brownsville, Tennessee, USA. This influential blues singer first performed at local house-parties while in his early teens. In 1916 he began working with mandolin player Yank Rachell, a partnership that was revived several times throughout their respective careers. It was also during this formative pe Read more

Bukka White - 83% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Booker T. Washington White, 12 November 1906, Houston, Mississippi, USA, d. 26 February 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. White learned guitar and piano in his teens, and hoboed from 1921, playing blues with artists such as George ‘Bullet’ Williams. In the mid-30s White was a boxer and baseball pitcher. He recorded for Victor Records in 1930, a largely unissued sessio Read more

Blind Boy Fuller - 76% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Fulton Allen, 1908, Wadesboro, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 February 1941, USA. One of a large family, Fuller learned to play the guitar as a child and had begun a life as a transient singer when he was blinded, either through disease or when lye water was thrown in his face. By the late 20s he was well known throughout North Carolina and Virginia, playing and singing at count Read more

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - 68% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1905, Forest, Mississippi, USA, d. 28 March 1976, Nassawadox, Virginia, USA (1974 is also cited). During the 40s and early 50s Crudup was an important name in the blues field, his records selling particularly well in the south. For much of his early life Crudup worked in various rural occupations, not learning to play the guitar until he was 32. His teacher was one Read more

Big Bill Broonzy - 67% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Lee Conley Broonzy, 26 June 1893 (some sources give 1898), Scott, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 August 1958, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Broonzy worked as a field hand, and it was behind the mule that he first developed his unmistakable, hollering voice, with its remarkable range and flexibility. As a child he made himself a violin, and learned to play under the guidance of an Read more

Memphis Slim - 67% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
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Brownie McGhee - 66% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Walter Brown McGhee, 30 November 1915, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, d. 16 February 1996, Oakland, California, USA. McGhee learned guitar from his father, and started a musical career early on, playing in church before he was 10 years old, and on the road with medicine shows, carnivals and minstrel troupes in his early teens. His travels took him into the Carolinas, and his tim Read more

Peetie Wheatstraw - 65% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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William Bunch, 21 December 1902, Ripley, Tennessee, USA, d. 21 December 1941, East St. Louis, Illinois, USA. Wheatstraw, also known as the Devil’s Son-In-Law and the High Sherrif Of Hell, was an influential and popular blues artist of the 20s and 30s. His claim that he had sold his soul to the Devil at a crossroads was echoed in the legend that grew around the more reve Read more

Tampa Red - 61% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Hudson Woodbridge aka Whittaker, 8 January 1904, Smithville, Georgia, USA, d. 19 March 1981, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Tampa Red was raised in Tampa, Florida, by his grandmother Whittaker’s family, hence his nickname. By the time of his 1928 recording debut for Vocalion Records, he had developed the clear, precise bottleneck blues guitar style that earned him his billing, Read more

Roosevelt Sykes - 58% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 January 1906, Elmar, Arkansas, USA, d. 17 July 1983, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Sykes learned piano at the age of 12 and by the early 20s was playing in local barrelhouses. He moved to St. Louis in 1928 and his first recordings for OKeh Records and Victor Records were made from 1929-31. During the 30s, Sykes recorded for Decca Records and acted as a talent scout for the Read more

J.B. Lenoir - 55% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 March 1929, Monticello, Mississippi, USA, d. 29 April 1967, Champaign, Illinois, USA. Christened with initials, Lenoir was taught to play the guitar by his father, Dewitt. Other acknowledged influences were Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup and Lightnin’ Hopkins, with the latter’s single-string runs and verse tags becoming an integral part Read more

Mississippi Fred McDowell - 55% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 January 1904, Rossville, Tennessee, USA, d. 3 July 1972, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A self-taught guitarist, McDowell garnered his early reputation in the Memphis area with appearances at private parties, picnics and dances. He later moved to Como, Mississippi, and was employed as a farmer until discovered by field researcher Alan Lomax in 1959. Sessions for Atlantic Record Read more

Eddie Boyd - 52% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Furry Lewis - 52% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Walter Lewis, 6 March 1893, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 September 1981, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Furry Lewis was a songster, a blues musician, a humorist and an all-round entertainer. Raised in the country, he picked up the guitar at an early age and moved into Memphis around 1900 where he busked on the streets. After he ran away from home, he had experience working o Read more

Lonnie Johnson - 51% match to Big Joe Williams

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Alonzo Johnson, 8 February 1889, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 16 June 1970, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A hugely influential and original blues musicians, in the early 1900s Johnson played guitar and violin in saloons in his home town, performing mainly around the red-light district of Storyville. Shortly before the outbreak of war he visited Europe, returning to New Orlean Read more


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