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Andrew Tibbs - 100% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Melvin Andrew Grayson, 2 February 1929, Columbus, Ohio, USA, d. 5 May 1991, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although little-known now, Tibbs was an important contributor to the early success of the Aristocrat record label, the precursor of Chess Records and Checker Records. His father, Rev. S.A. Grayson, was one of Chicago’s most prominent Baptist ministers and the young Tibbs Read more

Robert Nighthawk - 69% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert McCollum, 30 November 1909, Helena, Arkansas, USA, d. 5 November 1967, Helena, Arkansas, USA. Having left home in his early teens, McCollum initially supported himself financially by playing harmonica, but by the 30s had switched to guitar under the tutelage of Houston Stackhouse. The two musicians, together with Robert’s brother Percy, formed a string band that Read more

Otis Spann - 56% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 March 1930, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, d. 24 April 1970, Chicago, Illinois, USA. One of the finest pianists of post-war blues, Spann learned the instrument as a child. He initially played in his stepfather’s church, but by the age of 14 was a member of a small local group. Having pursued careers in football and boxing, Spann moved to Chicago where he returned to musi Read more

Snooky Pryor - 55% match to Sunnyland Slim

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

Willie Mabon - 55% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 October 1925, Hollywood, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 April 1985, Paris, France. Accompanying himself on piano and secondly on harmonica, Mabon sang in an urbane blues style similar to Charles Brown. He moved from Memphis, Tennessee, to Chicago in 1942 and was first recorded in 1949 as a member of the Blues Rockers group. After military service he became a popular entertainer in Read more

Pinetop Perkins - 54% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joe Willie Perkins, 7 July 1913, Belzoni, Mississippi, USA. A barrelhouse blues pianist who has been playing piano since the age of 12, prior to that he played guitar. Perkins travelled through Mississippi and Arkansas, and north to St. Louis and Chicago, playing piano, and sometimes guitar, behind Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, John Lee ‘ Sonny Boy’ Williams Read more

Roosevelt Sykes - 50% match to Sunnyland Slim

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

Byther Smith - 48% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 April 1933, Monticello, Mississippi, USA. Smith began playing guitar in church, but after settling in Chicago in 1958 he started singing blues and was tutored on guitar by Herbert Sumlin and Freddie Robinson. He recorded for several local labels (including, reputedly, Cobra Records and Vee Jay Records), and worked with numerous gospel and blues groups, occasionally sittin Read more

Jimmy Rogers - 44% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
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Carey Bell - 39% match to Sunnyland Slim

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

Eddie Boyd - 39% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Billy Boy Arnold - 38% match to Sunnyland Slim

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

Earl Hooker - 38% match to Sunnyland Slim

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

Floyd Jones - 38% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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21 July 1917, Marianna, Arkansas, USA, d. 19 December 1989, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Brought up in the Mississippi Delta, Jones had been playing guitar for some years by the time he settled in Chicago around 1945. He soon became part of a seminal group of musicians that had come up from the south and who were in the process of developing the new electric Chicago blues sound. Read more

Kim Wilson - 38% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 January 1951, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Wilson is a member of the blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Tigerman, his first solo album, predominantly comprised cover versions, performed by various combinations of ex-and current Thunderbirds, including Duke Robillard, Preston Hubbard, Fran Christina, Gene Taylor and Rusty Zinn, and also Derek O’Brien, Calvin Jones and Ge Read more


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