Jimmy Reed

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by Jimmy Reed


Mathis James Reed, 6 September 1925, Leland, Mississippi, USA, d. 29 August 1976, Oakland, California, USA. Jimmy Reed was a true original: he sang in a lazy mush-mouthed ramble, played limited, if instantly recognizable, harmonica, and even more minimal guitar. He produced a series of hits in the 50s that made him the most successful blues singer of the era. Read more

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Jimmy Reed was perhaps the most accessible of all the Bluesman of his time. He distinctly influenced the music of such diversified artists as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Paul Butterfield, John Mayall, Slim Harpo and Johnny Winter. Reed began his musical journey in Mississippi and was eventually discovered by Chicago's Vee-Jay Records in the early 1950s. Jimmy Reed became the most successful Blues artist of all time, placing eleven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop charts and a total of fourteen hits on the R&B charts.


rhythm and blues
classic blues
harmonica blues
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