Monthly Archives: September 2012

Howlin’ Wolf

Chester Arthur Burnett known as Howlin’ Wolf – June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976 As one of the leading performers in electric blues, he helped shape the sound of rock and roll. He was one of several musicians to put Chicago-style blues on the map.

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Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield known as Muddy Waters – April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983 Known as “The Father of Chicago Blues”, he was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the ’60’s.

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Bob Dylan

Robert Allen Zimmerman is known as Bob Dylan Know as one of the most original and poetic voices in the history of American popular music. With his unmistakable voice and unforgettable lyrics, he brought the worlds of music and literature together as no one else had.

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Janis Joplin

January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970 Known as “The Queen of Rock and Roll”, she was the first rock and roll female superstar. She was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals.

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Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson known as Ray Charles – September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004 The pioneer of soul music – integrating R&B, gospel, pop and country. A blind genius, he is ranked as one of the greatest artists of all times.

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Bessie Smith

April 15, 1884 – September 26, 1937 Known as “The Empress of the Blues”, she was the most popular female blues singer in the 20’s and 30’s.  She revolutionized the vocal end of blues  music in the 1920’s with her rich voice and influenced generations of jazz musicians to follow.

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Memphis Minnie

June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973 For nearly three decades, Memphis Minnie was one of the most influential blues artists in the United States.  She thrived in a genre dominated by men and was credited with being one of the first blues artists – male or female – to use the electric guitar.

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“Blind” Lemon Jefferson

May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938 Known as the “Father of Texas Blues”, he was one of the most influential country bluesmen of all time.

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Robert Johnson

May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938 Decades after his death, he is known the “King of the Delta Blues Singers”. He was known as one of the greatest blues performers of all times.

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Son House

Eddie James “Son House, Jr., known as Son House – March 21, 1902 – October 19, 1988 House pioneered an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms that were often played with the aid of a slide guitar.  His singing incorporated elements of southern gospel and spiritual music. He was around for all three acts of the classic Delta blues history, which makes him unique to blues heroes.

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