Elvin Bishop

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtrack
Descriptive "tags": blues blues rock classic rock rock southern rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 October 1942, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Bishop moved to Chicago in his teens to study at university. An aspiring guitarist, he became one of several young white musicians to frequent the city’s blues clubs and in 1965 he joined the house band at one such establishment, Big John’s. This group subsequently became known as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and although initially overshadowed by guitarist Michael Bloomfield, it was here that Bishop evolved a distinctive, if composite, style. Bishop was featured on four Butterfield albums, but he left the group in 1968 following the release of In My Own Dream. By the following year he was domiciled in San Francisco, where his own group became a popular live fixture. Bishop was initially signed to Bill Graham’s Fillmore label, but these and other early recordings achieved only local success.

In 1974, Richard ‘Dickie’ Betts of the Allman Brothers Band introduced the guitarist...

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