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Robert Nighthawk - 100% 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 - 69% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
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

Byther Smith - 59% 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

Roosevelt Sykes - 47% 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

Tommy McClennan - 46% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 April 1908, Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA, d. c.1960, Chicago, Illinois, USA. McClennan’s biography is fairly typical of many blues singers of his time and place. He was raised on the J.F. Sligh farm in rural Mississippi and learned to play the guitar at an early age. Working for tips on the streets and at private parties, he became acquainted with other performers suc Read more

Jimmy Rogers - 45% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
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Johnny Shines - 44% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 April 1915, Frayser, Tennessee, USA, d. 20 April 1992, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Johnny Shines was taught to play the guitar by his mother and sometimes worked the streets of Memphis for tips with a group of other youths. In 1932 he set up as a sharecropper in Hughes, Arkansas, but still worked part-time as a musician. During the 30s he hoboed around the work-camp and juk Read more

Willie Mabon - 43% 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

Big Walter Horton - 41% match to Sunnyland Slim

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

Eddie Boyd - 40% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Hooker - 37% 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

Pinetop Perkins - 37% 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

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - 36% match to Sunnyland Slim

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

Snooky Pryor - 34% 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

Little Walter - 32% match to Sunnyland Slim

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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