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Boogie Woogie Red (1925 - 1992)

Boogie Woogie Red was a Detroit Blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist and songwriter. He was born Vernon Harrison in Louisiana and moved to Detroit in 1927. He began performing in local clubs as a teen...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Jimmy Burns is an award-winning Soul Blues and Electric Blues musician. He was born in Mississippi and spent most of his life in Chicago. He began a music career in 1960. His single "I Really Love You"...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

John Lee Hooker (1917 - 2001)

John Lee Hooker was a Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Though he lived in Detroit during most of his career, he is not associated with the Chicago-style blues prevalent in the north as much as h...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928 - 2012)

"Big Daddy", "Little Eddie", "Big Ed"

Eddie "Guitar" Burns was a Detroit Blues guitarist, harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He began his music career in 1948 and was active until his death in 2012. In terms of Detroit Bluesmen, he w...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Washboard Willie (1909 - 1991)

Washboard Willie (William P. Hensley) was a Detroit Blues musician, who specialized in playing the washboard. He was born in Georgia and moved to Detroit in 1948. He began his music career in his 30s. ...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Lead Belly (1888 - 1949)

"Walter Boyd"

Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter was a folk and blues singer and musician who led a notoriously violent life. He was imprisoned for murder in Texas in 1918, but won early release in 1925 combined by good ...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Charlie Patton (c.1891 - 1934)

"Charley", "The Masked Marvel", "Elder J.J. Hadley"

Charlie Patton is considered the father of the Delta Blues musical genre. Patton was a celebrity and seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta. Although Patton was small at 5 feet 5 inches an...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Bertha Lee Pate (1902 - 1975)

Bertha Lee Pate Patton was a blues singer active in the 1920s and 1930s. She recorded with Charlie Patton and was (reportedly) his wife. Source Wikipedia

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Robert Johnson MP (1911 - 1938)

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings from 1936–37 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and s...

4/28/2012 5/23/2015

Son House (1902 - 1988)

"Edward James House", "Jr."

Eddie James "Son" House was one of the blues musical genre's pioneers. He influenced such blues legends as Robert Johnson , Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters . He is known for his emotional, heart-felt sin...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Muddy Waters MP (1913 - 1983)

Morgan "Muddy Waters" McKinley is considered the "father of modern Chicago Blues". His birth date and place are either April 4, 1913 in Jug's Corner, Issaquena County Mississippi or April 4, 1915 in Ro...

5/22/2015 5/22/2015

Howlin' Wolf MP (1910 - 1976)

Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett (1910-1976) was a Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player and one of the best know Chicago blues artists. Several of his songs, such as "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Back...

5/18/2015 5/18/2015

Sunnyland Slim (1906 - 1995)

"Sunnyland Slim", "Slim"

Albert "Sunnyland Slim" Luandrew (1906-1995) was an American blues musician, singer and songwriter. He was best know for his piano blues. Sunnyland played with such blues musicians as Muddy Waters , Ho...

5/18/2015 5/18/2015

Ruby Smith (1903 - 1977)

Ruby Smith (August 24, 1903 – March 24, 1977) (born as Ruby Walker in New York) was an American classic female blues singer. She was a niece, by marriage, of the better known Bessie Smith, who d...

5/16/2015 5/16/2015

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey MP (1886 - 1939)

"The Mother of the Blues"

"Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett; c. April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to r...

5/12/2015 5/12/2015

Alex Wolff MP

"Alex Wolff"

Alexander Draper Wolff (born November 1, 1997), better known by his stage name Alex Wolff, is an American actor, drummer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. He first gained recognition for his starrin...

3/5/2015 3/5/2015

Peter Wolf MP


Peter Wolf (born Peter W. Blankfield; March 7, 1946) is an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983. Family ...

12/2/2008 1/15/2015

David Shelley MP

"David J. Shelley"

Florida, United States

Florida, United States

David Shelley is the son of Jazz singer / actress Martha Stewart and grandson of the late George Gard "Buddy" Desylva who was a top songwriter ("Birth of the Blues", "Sunny Boy" and the "Best things in...

12/29/2014 12/29/2014

Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan (born March 20, 1951, Dallas County, Texas, United States) is an American blues rock guitarist and singer based in Austin, Texas. He is the older brother of the late Texas blues...

5/26/2011 8/26/2014

John Dawson Winter, III MP (1944 - 2014)

John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), known as Johnny Winter, was an American blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy b...

8/26/2014 8/26/2014

Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter and a renowned slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of acclaimed roots-influenced albums whi...

6/13/2012 5/18/2013

Bessie Smith MP (1894 - 1937)

"Empress of the Blues"

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Sometimes referred to as The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920...

9/16/2011 9/16/2011

Nina Simone MP (1933 - 2003)

"Nina Simone", "Priestess of Soul"

Dr. Nina Simone was born 21 February 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina and died 21 April 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France . Her birth name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon and she was also...

5/16/2011 9/14/2011

Janis Joplin MP (1943 - 1970)


Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Ho...

1/13/2009 5/29/2011

Etta James MP (1938 - 2012)

"Jamesetta Hawkins", "Etta James"

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins, January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, rhythm and blues (R&B), rock and roll, gospel and jazz singer. In the 1950s and 1960s, she had her biggest success as...

5/29/2011 5/29/2011

James Hendrix MP (1942 - 1970)

"Johnny Allen Hendrix", "Jimi Hendrix", "James Marshall Hendrix"

From Wikipedia (English) : James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely consi...

11/22/2008 5/26/2011

Eric Patrick Clapton is an English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, as well as a member of rock ...

4/8/2010 5/26/2011

Odetta MP (1930 - 2008)

Odetta (1930 – 2008) was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Poet Maya Angelou onc...

3/31/2011 5/26/2011

Stevie Ray Vaughan MP (1954 - 1990)

"Stevie", "SRV"

Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990), known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream care...

5/26/2011 5/26/2011