Mojo Buford

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

10 November 1929, Hernando, Mississippi, USA. Buford began to dabble with the harmonica at the age of 12 while living in Memphis, but he started playing seriously after hearing Little Walter’s ‘Juke’. He moved to Chicago in 1952 and formed the Savage Boys, a band ‘adopted’ by Muddy Waters to maintain his club residency while he was on tour. Buford recorded behind Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Williams in 1959 and in the same year joined Waters’ band for the first of several spells. In 1962, Buford left and moved to Minneapolis where he acquired his nickname by fulfilling requests for ‘Got My Mojo Working’. While there, he recorded sporadically under his own name until the late 70s. In 1967 he recorded with several of Muddy Waters’ sidemen and later played on several of Waters’ recording sessions. Buford returned to Chicago in 1978, making an album for Rooster Blues, and in the 80s moved back to Memphis. He has also...

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