Emmitt Ellis Jnr., 10 November 1936, Homer, Louisiana, USA. For most of his career, Rush has managed to forge an amalgam of blues, soul and R&B which allows him the widest scope for personal expression.
The son of a preacher, he began performing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with a band that included guitarist Boyd Gilmore and Johnny Big Moose Walker. Moving to Chicago, he led a series of bands that at times included Freddie King, Luther Johnson, Bobby King and Luther Allison. During the 60s, Rush made singles for small labels such as Jerry-O, Palos and Starville before recording Gotta Have Money for ABC-Paramount Records, the earliest example of the Rush signature style. Six records for Salem made little impression before Chicken Heads on Galaxy put Rushs name on the Billboard charts. Further singles for On Top, Jewel, Warner Brothers Records and London Records led to a contract with Gamble And...
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