John Littlejohn

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1990s 2000s


John Wesley Funchess, 16 April 1931, Learned, Mississippi, USA, d. 1 February 1994, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Littlejohn taught himself to play guitar and was inspired by Henry Martin, a blues guitarist friend of his father. In 1946, he left home and was an itinerant worker before settling in Gary, Indiana, in 1951 and taking up the guitar seriously. He quickly became a popular attraction and later relocated to Chicago. A chronically underrated slide guitarist and singer, Littlejohn recorded for numerous labels, including Ace, Margaret, Bluesway, and Wolf, but his best work is to be found on Arhoolie and Rooster. Although often categorized as an Elmore James -influenced player, he could also recall the smooth approach of B.B. King with his picking and singing.

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