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Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows - 54% match to Sam Lay

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

Nick Gravenites - 25% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Chicago, Illinois, USA. Gravenites grew up on Chicago’s south side. He entered university in 1956 and was immediately drawn to its bohemian circle. Having discovered several blues nightclubs, including Frader’s Jukebox Lounge, Gravenites joined a loosely knit group of white aficionados, which included Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. The l Read more

Zora Young - 24% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 January 1948, West Point, Mississippi, USA. A third cousin of Howlin’ Wolf, Young has sufficient talent not to have to dwell on the fact. Singing in church from an early age helped her to develop both flexibility and control in her vocal technique. That continued after her family moved to Chicago in 1956, although she did not take up blues singing until 1971. During Read more

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Marty Grebb - 23% match to Sam Lay

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

Lefty Dizz - 22% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Walter Williams, 29 April 1937, Osceola, Arkansas, USA, d. 7 September 1993. Dizz was taught the rudiments of music by his father, after the family had moved north to Kankakee, Illinois, and he has been a stalwart of the Chicago blues scene since the late 50s, having accompanied numerous blues artists as rhythm or lead guitarist. He reportedly made his first record (credited Read more

John Littlejohn - 21% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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John Wesley Funchess, 16 April 1931, Learned, Mississippi, USA, d. 1 February 1994, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Littlejohn taught himself to play guitar and was inspired by Henry Martin, a blues guitarist friend of his father. In 1946, he left home and was an itinerant worker before settling in Gary, Indiana, in 1951 and taking up the guitar seriously. He quickly became a popula Read more

Siegel-Schwall Band - 21% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
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Willie Kent - 20% match to Sam Lay

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

Dave Specter - 19% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
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Yank Rachell - 16% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Rachell, 16 March 1910, Brownsville, Tennessee, USA, d. 9 April 1997. Rachell learned mandolin from his uncle Daniel Taylor and later extended his talents to include guitar, harmonica and violin. He worked on the L&N railroad as a track hand in his early years, supplementing his income by playing local dances and parties in the company of local artists such as Hamb Read more

Homesick James Williamson - 15% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
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Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson - 12% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Johnson was a blues singer and guitarist based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, who learned a few rudiments of music from his father but was largely self-taught. His career began around the mid-60s when he worked as a backing musician for major blues artists appearing in Atlanta’s clubs, and in the early 80s he began establishing a reputation with his band, the Houserockers. He w Read more

Eddie Martin - 11% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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c. 1965, London, England. Martin played acoustic guitar from his mid-teens and was deeply influenced by early and middle period American folk musicians such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Later influences included contemporary bluesmen such as Joe Hill Louis and Dr. Ross. He later took up the electric guitar and fell under the spell of Freddie King’s Texas blues playi Read more

Lacy Gibson - 11% match to Sam Lay

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

Larry Johnson - 11% match to Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
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