Sugar Blue

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


James Whiting, 16 December 1949, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a showbusiness family, Sugar Blue began playing harmonica as a child and by his mid-teens was an accomplished and assured performer. He sat in with acknowledged blues masters and held his own, leading to invites to appear on record with artists such as Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Johnny Shines, and Washboard Bill. In the mid-70s Whiting spent some time in Europe, playing in Paris and also appearing on several Rolling Stones’ albums, including Some Girls (1978), on which he played notably on ‘Miss You’, and Tattoo You (1981). During this spell he also played on a jazz date with Stan Getzat the Palm Beach Casino, Cannes, in the south of France in January 1980. He can be heard with Getz as well as Joe Farrell and Paul Horn on a performance of ‘Billie’s Bounce’ that appears on some Getz collections. He also made a rather rare LP that appeared under the names of...

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