2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
1977 – Bluesman Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White, who composed “Fixing to Die,” does just that in Memphis at age 70.
1954 – Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, widely ranked up there with Hendrix, is born in Dallas. Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American blues-rock guitarist, whose broad appeal made him an influential electric blues guitarist. and Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the […]
1952 – Memphis producer and Sun Studios owner Sam Phillips records the last of five sessions with bluesman Howlin’ Wolf.
1943 – British bluesman John Mayall is born in MacClesfield, England.
1915 – Bluesman Willie Dixon is born in Vicksburg, Miss. He is a Golden Gloves heavyweight champion in Chicago in 1936. He writes hundreds of blues songs and produces a majority of the Chicago blues records into the 1970s. His biggest pop hit is “Walking the Blues,” a No. 6 song in 1955. Person Willie […]
1905 – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup is born in Forest, Miss. The bluesman’s “That’s All Right Mama” was Elvis Presley’s first single. Admirers like Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and Fleetwood Mac have also covered his songs.