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Sam Lay - 95% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 March 1935, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The drummer Fred Below put the backbeat into the blues and elevated the records of Muddy Waters and Little Walter, among a host of others, into defining statements. Close behind him is Sam Lay, the inventor of the ‘double shuffle’. Lay began playing drums at 14 and joined his first band, the Moon Dog Combo, in 1956. The foll Read more

Marty Grebb - 94% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s
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2 September 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born into a musical family, in which were several professional musicians, Grebb learned to play keyboards, guitar and saxophones. He became a session musician and in the 60s and 70s played with various groups, including the Buckinghams and the Fabulous Rhinestones, and he also backed Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield. He continued Read more

Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows - 55% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Big Twist (Larry Nolan, 23 September 1937, Terra Haute, Indiana, USA, d. 14 March 1990, Broadview, Illinois, USA) was the lead singer and leader of this R&B big band. He began singing in church in southern Illinois when he was six years old, and in the 50s was drummer and vocalist with the Mellow Fellows, an R&B group. In the early 70s he teamed with guitarist Pete S Read more

George "Wild Child" Butler - 50% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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George Butler, 1 October 1936, Autaugville, Alabama, USA, d. 1 March 2005, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Butler was one of the last of the wandering bluesmen. He suffered from the general lack of interest in older musical forms shown by the black record-buying public, yet still managed to make his most prized recordings during the mid- to late 60s.Butler& Read more

Anson Funderburgh - 39% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
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Tutu Jones - 35% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Johnny Jones Jnr., 9 September 1967, Dallas, Texas, USA. Given his nickname while still a baby by his guitar-playing father, Jones began his musical career at the age of six, playing drums for his uncle’s band, L.C. Clark And The Four Deuces. Entering his teenage years, Jones hooked up with local bluesman and club owner R.L. Griffin, which gave him the opportunity to wo Read more

Lacy Gibson - 34% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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1 May 1936, Salisbury, North Carolina, USA. Gibson’s family settled in Chicago in 1949 and he quickly became involved in the city’s blues scene, receiving tips on blues guitar playing from musicians such as Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker. Besides working with innumerable blues artists, he was also involved in the jazz scene. He recorded with Buddy Guy in 1963 and w Read more

E.C. Scott - 26% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Oakland, California, USA. The ‘brown-eyed vixen from the golden state of California’, Scott made her debut at the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in her home-town. Although warned off ‘worldly’ music by her family, Scott found herself drawn to artists such as Gladys Knight, Dinah Washington, Bobby Bland and Clarence Carter. At the age of 16 Scot Read more

J.B. Hutto - 26% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Benjamin Hutto, 26 April 1926, Elko, near Blackville, South Carolina, USA, d. 12 June 1983, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hutto’s family moved to Augusta, Georgia when he was three years old, and he later sang in the Golden Crowns Gospel Singers, before moving to Chicago in 1949. While in Chicago he began to play drums and sing blues with Johnny Ferguson’s Twister Read more

Hubert Sumlin - 25% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 November 1931, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA. One of 11 children, Sumlin’s mother saved hard to buy him an $8 guitar when he was a child. Renowned for his guitar work, particularly in support of his mentor Howlin’ Wolf, Hubert Sumlin began his career in the Mississippi juke-joints. He joined Jimmy Cotton and first met Wolf when he was 19 in Memphis where he worke Read more

Willie Kent - 25% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 February 1936, Sunflower, Mississippi, USA. Kent was brought up in Shelby, Mississippi, and was influenced by the blues he heard on the radio. He settled in Chicago in 1952 and was soon able to hear the top blues artists live in the clubs, although he was under-age. Kent began working as a singer in 1957 and started to play guitar the following year. He quickly switched t Read more

The Kinsey Report - 24% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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A family blues group formed in Gary, Indiana, USA, in the late 60s, the Kinsey brothers were taught by their father, Big Daddy Kinsey (Lester Kinsey, 18 March 1927, Pleasant Grove, Mississippi, USA, 3 April 2001), a blues harpist and slide guitarist. As well as the delta tradition he also introduced them to gospel and soul, and it is the marriage of these influences which h Read more

Big John Wrencher - 23% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 2000s
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12 February 1924, near Sunflower, Mississippi, USA, d. 15 July 1977, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. A self-taught harmonica player and singer, Wrencher recalled seeing many leading bluesman during his teens. He left Mississippi in 1947, though he returned frequently and on one trip was involved in a car crash that resulted in the loss of his left arm. He lived in Detroit, Mic Read more

Long John Hunter - 22% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues
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Duke Robillard - 21% match to Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Genres: Blues Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Michael Robillard, 4 October 1948, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. Although associated in most minds with Roomful Of Blues, the band he formed with pianist Al Copley in 1967, Robillard’s ambitions reach beyond the rigorous guidelines of the blues. This is reflected in the number of times he has left blues-based bands in order to pursue more personal musical goals. In its Read more


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