Brownie McGhee Similar Artists

Sonny Terry - 100% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Electronic & Ambient Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Saunders Terrell, 24 October 1911, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, d. 12 March 1986, New York City, New York, USA. By the age of 16, Sonny Terry was virtually blind following two accidents, which encouraged his concentration on music. After his father’s death, Terry worked on medicine shows, and around 1937 teamed up with Blind Boy Fuller, moving to Durham, North Carol Read more

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - 33% match to Brownie McGhee

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 - 27% match to Brownie McGhee

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

Pink Anderson - 24% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s
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Pinkney Anderson, 12 February 1900, Laurens, South Carolina, USA, d. 12 October 1974, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. For much of his life, Anderson was Spartanburg’s most famous songster and medicine show huckster. He was 10 when he first learned to play the guitar in open tuning. He also earned money as a buck dancer on the streets of Laurens. In 1917 he joined  Read more

Blind Boy Fuller - 22% match to Brownie McGhee

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

Memphis Slim - 22% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Blues Folk Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John ‘Peter’ Chatman, 3 September 1915, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 24 February 1988, Paris, France. One of the most popular performers of the blues idiom, Memphis Slim combined the barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano style of the pre-war era with a sophisticated vocal intonation. A prolific songwriter, his best-known composition, ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’ Read more

Reverend Gary Davis - 21% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Blues Christian & Gospel
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 April 1896, Laurens, South Carolina, USA, d. 5 May 1972, Hammonton, New Jersey, USA. This highly accomplished guitarist was self-taught from the age of six. Partially blind from an early age, he lost his sight during his late twenties. During the Depression years, he worked as a street singer in North Carolina, playing a formidable repertoire of spirituals, rags, marches Read more

Memphis Minnie - 20% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lizzie Douglas, 3 June 1897, Algiers, Louisiana, USA, d. 6 August 1973, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Raised in Walls, Mississippi, Memphis Minnie learned banjo and guitar as a child, and ran away from home at the age of 13 to play music in Memphis; she worked for a time with Ringling Brothers Circus. When in Mississippi, she played guitar with Willie Brown, and in the 20s made a Read more

Sonny Boy Williamson - 19% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Aleck/Alex Miller, 5 December 1899, Glendora, Mississippi, USA, d. 25 May 1965, Helena, Arkansas, USA. Being a man who would never compromise a good story by affording undue attention to veracity, and mischievous to boot, Sonny Boy’s own various accounts of his life were never to be trusted and led to much confusion. This artist was also known as Alex Ford (after his mo Read more

Jimmy Witherspoon - 18% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Blues Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Witherspoon, 8 August 1923, Gurdon, Arkansas, USA, d. 18 September 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA. Witherspoon crossed over into rock, jazz and R&B territory, but his deep and mellow voice placed him ultimately as a fine blues singer. He sang in his local Baptist church from the age of seven. From 1941-43 he was in the Merchant Marines and, during stopovers in Read more

Bukka White - 17% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues 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

Lead Belly - 17% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Folk Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bessie Smith - 16% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 April 1894, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, d. 26 September 1937, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. In her childhood, Smith sang on street corners before joining a touring black minstrel show as a dancer. Also in the show was Ma Rainey, and before long the young newcomer was also singing the blues. The older woman encouraged Smith, despite the fact that even at this early stage Read more

Lightnin' Hopkins - 16% match to Brownie McGhee

Genres: Blues Blues Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Sam Hopkins, 15 March 1912, Centreville, Texas, USA, d. 30 January 1982, Houston, Texas, USA. One of the last great country blues singers, Hopkins’ lengthy career began in the Texas bars and juke joints of the 20s. Towards the end of the decade he formed a duo with a cousin, Texas Alexander, while his Lightnin’ epithet was derived from a subsequent partnership with Read more

Sleepy John Estes - 16% match to Brownie McGhee

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


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