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  • John Dawson Winter, III (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...

The Blues Hall of Fame is a listing of people who have significantly contributed to blues music. Started in 1980 by the Blues Foundation, it honors those who have performed, recorded, or documented blues.

1980

  • Big Bill Broonzy
  • Willie Dixon
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Lightnin' Hopkins
  • Son House
  • Howlin' Wolf
  • Elmore James
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • Robert Johnson
  • B.B. King
  • Little Walter
  • Memphis Minnie
  • Muddy Waters
  • Charley Patton
  • Jimmy Reed
  • Bessie Smith
  • Otis Spann
  • T-Bone Walker
  • Sonny Boy Williamson I
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II

1981

  • Bobby "Blue" Bland
  • Roy Brown
  • Blind Willie McTell
  • Professor Longhair
  • Tampa Red

1982

  • Leroy Carr
  • Ray Charles
  • Big Walter Horton
  • Freddie King
  • Magic Sam

1983

  • Louis Jordan
  • Albert King
  • Robert Nighthawk
  • Ma Rainey
  • Big Joe Turner

1984

  • Otis Rush
  • Hound Dog Taylor
  • Big Mama Thornton

1985

  • Chuck Berry
  • Buddy Guy
  • J. B. Hutto
  • Slim Harpo

1986

  • Albert Collins
  • Tommy Johnson
  • Lead Belly
  • Sonny Terry

1987

  • Percy Mayfield
  • Eddie Taylor

1988

1989

  • Clifton Chenier
  • Robert Lockwood, Jr.
  • Memphis Slim

1990

  • Blind Blake
  • Lonnie Johnson
  • Bukka White

1991

  • Sleepy John Estes
  • Billie Holiday
  • Mississippi Fred McDowell
  • Sunnyland Slim

1992

  • Skip James
  • Johnny Shines
  • Big Joe Williams

1993

  • Champion Jack Dupree
  • Lowell Fulson

1994

  • Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
  • Wynonie Harris
  • Bill "Hoss" Allen
  • John Lomax
  • Alan Lomax
  • John Richbourg
  • Gene Nobles

1995

  • Jimmy Rogers
  • Leonard Chess
  • Phil Chess

1996

  • Charles Brown
  • David "Honeyboy" Edwards
  • Bob Koester
  • Pete Welding

1997

  • Brownie McGhee
  • Koko Taylor
  • Bruce Iglauer

1998

  • Luther Allison
  • Junior Wells
  • Lillian McMurry
  • Sam Phillips

1999

  • Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  • Roosevelt Sykes
  • Lester Melrose
  • Chris Strachwitz

2000

  • Johnny Otis
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Dick Waterman

2001

  • Etta James
  • Little Junior Parker
  • Rufus Thomas
  • Theresa Needham
  • Robert Palmer

2002

  • Ruth Brown
  • Big Maceo Merriweather
  • Jim O'Neal

2003

  • Fats Domino
  • Pinetop Perkins
  • Sippie Wallace
  • Dinah Washington
  • Ralph Bass

2004

  • Bo Diddley
  • Blind Boy Fuller
  • J. Mayo Williams

2005

  • Walter Davis
  • Ike Turner
  • H. C. Speir

2006

  • Paul Butterfield
  • James Cotton
  • Roy Milton
  • Bobby Rush
  • Bihari brothers
  • Bobby Robinson
  • Jerry Wexler

2007

  • Dave Bartholomew
  • Dr. John
  • Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Ahmet Ertegun
  • Art Rupe

2008

  • Jimmy McCracklin
  • Mississippi Sheiks
  • Hubert Sumlin
  • Johnny "Guitar" Watson
  • Peetie Wheatstraw
  • Jimmy Witherspoon
  • John Hammond
  • Paul Oliver

2009

  • Reverend Gary Davis
  • Son Seals
  • Taj Mahal
  • Irma Thomas
  • Clifford Antone
  • Mike Leadbitter
  • Bob Porter

2010

  • Lonnie Brooks
  • Gus Cannon
  • W. C. Handy
  • Amos Milburn
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Peter Guralnick
  • "Sunshine" Sonny Payne

2011

  • Big Maybelle
  • Robert Cray
  • John P. Hammond
  • Alberta Hunter
  • Denise LaSalle
  • J. B. Lenoir
  • Bruce Bromberg
  • Vivian Carter
  • James Bracken
  • Samuel Charters
  • John Wesley Work III

2012

  • Billy Boy Arnold
  • Mike Bloomfield
  • Buddy Johnson
  • Ella Johnson
  • Lazy Lester
  • Furry Lewis
  • Matt "Guitar" Murphy
  • Frank Stokes
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Chris Albertson
  • Horst Lippmann
  • Fritz Rau
  • Doc Pomus
  • Pervis Spann

2013

  • Earl Hooker
  • Jimmie Rodgers
  • Jody Williams
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Little Brother Montgomery
  • Otis Clay
  • Cosimo Matassa
  • Dave Clark
  • Henry Glover

2014

  • Dick Shurman
  • Don Robey
  • Mike Kappus
  • Big Jay McNeely
  • Eddie Shaw
  • Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
  • R. L. Burnside
  • Robert Pete Williams