Sonny Terry Similar Artists

Big Walter Horton - 100% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 April 1918, Horn Lake, Mississippi, USA, d. 8 December 1981, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Horton, also aka "Shakey", "Mumbles" and "Big Walter", claimed to have taught himself harmonica by the time he was five years old, and certainly the extraordinary skill he achieved speaks of a very special affinity with the instrument. By his teens, he was in Memphis and beginning to make Read more

Carey Bell - 99% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carey Bell Harrington, 14 November 1936, Macon, Mississippi, USA, d. 6 June 2007, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Bell began to play harmonica after being inspired by the records of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williams. He played with a white C&W band and with his ‘stepfather’, Lovie Lee. He moved to Chicago with Lee in the mid-50s Read more

Brownie McGhee - 81% match to Sonny Terry

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

William Clarke - 78% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 March 1951, Inglewood, California, USA, d. 2 November 1996, Torrence, California, USA. Clarke began playing harmonica at the age of 16, inspired by the records of Junior Wells and Walter Horton. He turned professional two years later, and by the late 70s had become a well-respected harmonica player and singer on the Los Angeles blues scene. He associated with Smokey Wilso Read more

Billy Boy Arnold - 73% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Arnold first played blues harmonica with Bo Diddley’s group in 1950 and became a well-known figure in Chicago blues throughout the following two decades. Among those he accompanied were Johnny Shines and Otis Rush. With a serviceable singing voice and a harmonica style influenced by John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson, Ar Read more

Roosevelt Sykes - 67% match to Sonny Terry

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

Lonnie Brooks - 65% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Lee Baker Junior, 18 December 1933, Dubuisson, Louisiana, USA. Brooks took up the electric guitar while living in Port Arthur, Texas, playing as Guitar Junior with Clifton Chenier and Lonesome Sundown. His first solo record was the local hit ‘Family Rules’, made for Eddie Shuler’s Goldband label in 1957. At this time, he also wrote and recorded ‘Pick Me U Read more

Son Seals - 63% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frank Seals Jnr., 14 August 1942, Osceola, Arkansas, USA, d. 20 December 2004, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Son Seals was one of 13 children of Jim Seals, an entertainer and club owner in rural Arkansas. Son began his musical education on the drums and worked with many of the later famous musicians who travelled through the area. Having taught himself to play the guitar, he forme Read more

James Cotton - 61% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
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Snooky Pryor - 59% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Pryor, 15 September 1921, Lambert, Mississippi, USA, d. 18 October 2006. As a child Pryor became drawn to the harmonica after watching an albino player, John Blissett, together with his friend Jimmy Rogers. When he was 13 he saw Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson number 2) play. After settling in Chicago in 1945 after US Army service, Pryor joined the Maxwell Str Read more

Sleepy John Estes - 58% match to Sonny Terry

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

Kokomo Arnold - 55% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 February 1901, Lovejoy’s Station, Georgia, USA. d. 8 November 1968, Chicago, Illinois, USA. ‘Kokomo’ Arnold was a left-handed slide blues guitarist who learned the basics of his style from his cousin, James Wigges. After working in steel mills in Illinois and Pennsylvania he became a dedicated fisherman and moonshiner, who looked upon his musical success as Read more

Champion Jack Dupree - 54% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Thomas Dupree, 4 July 1910, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 21 January 1992, Hanover, Germany. (Dupree’s birth date is the matter of some conjecture and is sometimes listed as 23 July 1909). Orphaned in infancy, Dupree was raised in the Colored Waifs Home for Boys until the age of 14. After leaving, he led a marginal existence, singing for tips, and learning pia Read more

Charlie Musselwhite - 53% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 January 1944, Mississippi, USA. Musselwhite grew up in Memphis where he was inspired to learn harmonica by hearing Sonny Terry on the radio. In 1962, he moved to Chicago, performing with Johnny Young, Big Joe Williams and J.B. Hutto. He also linked up with another white blues musician, Mike Bloomfield, before the latter went on to join Paul Butterfield’s group. Musse Read more

Earl Hooker - 51% match to Sonny Terry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Zebedee Hooker, 15 January 1930, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 April 1970. Hooker’s interest in music was kindled at an early age. A self-taught guitarist, he began his itinerant career as a teenager, and having toured America’s southern states in the company of Robert Nighthawk, Ike Turner and many others, Earl made his first, rudimentary recordings in Read more


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