Lefty Dizz

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Walter Williams, 29 April 1937, Osceola, Arkansas, USA, d. 7 September 1993. Dizz was taught the rudiments of music by his father, after the family had moved north to Kankakee, Illinois, and he has been a stalwart of the Chicago blues scene since the late 50s, having accompanied numerous blues artists as rhythm or lead guitarist. He reportedly made his first record (credited to the ‘Wallets’) for the King label in 1960, and he recorded with Junior Wells in the mid-60s. For many years he was based at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago. Records under his own name have appeared on the CJ, JSP, Black And Blue, and Isabel labels. He can also be heard on a bootleg of the Rolling Stones. His stage name referred to his left-handed playing and his youthful habit of imitating Dizzy Gillespie. Lefty’s forte was tough, gritty guitar blues.

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