Joe "Guitar" Hughes

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

29 September 1937, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 20 May 2003, USA. A product of Houston’s third ward, Joe ‘Guitar’ Hughes turned to music at an early age under the influence of the work of T-Bone Walker. He claimed to have used money earned washing dishes to buy his first electric guitar at the age of 14 and to have been appearing professionally by the time he was 16. His first band was the Dukes Of Rhythm, which included in its line-up Hughes’ neighbour and friend Johnny Copeland. When this group disbanded in 1964 Hughes joined Grady Gaines working for Little Richard’s old group the Upsetters. His next job was working as a member of Bobby Bland’s band, which he left in the wake of Bland’s supporting star Al ‘TNT’ Braggs. After three years with Braggs, Hughes moved on to playing lead with Julius Jones and the Rivieras and from there to various groups operating around the Houston area.

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