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Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007
Buddy Guy performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007
Background information
Born July 30, 1936 (1936-07-30) (age 71)
Origin Lettsworth, Louisiana
Genre(s) Blues, Chicago Blues
Years active 1957 - present
Website Official Website
Notable instrument(s)
Fender Buddy Guy Signature Stratocaster

George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American blues and rock guitarist and singer. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and other 1960s blues and rock legends, Guy is considered an important exponent of Chicago blues. He is the father of female rapper Shawnna and son Michael. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 466 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1101 × 1417 pixel, file size: 167 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Crossroads Guitar Festival was a benefit concert for Eric Claptons Crossroads Centre located in Antigua. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lettsworth is a small village located in the extreme northern tip of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Blues music” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... “Blues music” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Shawnna (born Rashawnna Guy on October 1, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois), is the first African American female artist signed to Def Jam, through Ludacris Disturbing tha Peace Records. ...


Guy is known for his showmanship; for example, he plays his guitar with drumsticks, or strolls into the audience while jamming and trailing a long guitar cord. A jam session is a musical act where musicians gather and play (or jam) without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. ...


Born in Lettsworth, Louisiana, Guy grew up in Louisiana learning guitar on a two string diddley bow he made. Later he was given a Harmony acoustic guitar, which he donated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early '50s he began performing with bands in Baton Rouge. Soon after moving to Chicago in 1957, Guy fell under the influence of Muddy Waters. In 1958, a competition with West Side guitarists Magic Sam and Otis Rush gave Guy a record contract. Soon afterwards he recorded for Cobra Records. He recorded sessions with Junior Wells for Delmark Records under the pseudonym Friendly Chap in 1965 and 1966. Lettsworth is a small village located in the extreme northern tip of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The diddley bow is an American string instrument of African origin. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Magic Sam was born Sam Maghett (February 2, 1937) in Grenada, Mississippi, USA (died December 12, 1969) and was a blues guitarist and singer. ... Otis Rush (born April 29, 1934 in Philadelphia, Mississippi) is a blues musician and guitarist. ... Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), born Amos Blakemore, was a blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago who was famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lonnie Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. ... Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Delmark founder Bob Koester got hooked on jazz after hearing artists like Lionel Hampton. ... A pseudonym (Greek: , pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons legal name. ... See also: 1964 in music, other events of 1965, 1966 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 4 - Fender Guitars is sold to CBS for $13 million. ... // January 3 - Hullabaloo shows promotional videos of The Beatles songs Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out. January 8 - Shindig! airs for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who January 14 - Young singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid...


Guy’s early career was supposedly held back by both conservative business choices made by his record company (Chess Records) and "the scorn, diminishments and petty subterfuge from a few jealous rivals". Chess, Guy’s record label from 1959 to 1968, refused to record Buddy Guy’s novel style that was similar to his live shows. Leonard Chess (Chess founder and 1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) denounced Guy’s playing as "motherfucking noise". In the early 1960s, Chess tried recording Guy as a solo artist with R&B ballads, jazz instrumentals, soul and novelty dance tunes, but none were released as singles. Guy’s only Chess album, "Left My Blues in San Francisco", was finally issued in 1967. Most of the songs belong stylistically to the era's soul boom, with orchestrations by Gene Barge and Charlie Stepney. Chess used Guy mainly as a session guitarist to back Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and others. Image: Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and a young Buddy Guy. The Chess Records logo, as featured on this Memphis Slim single. ... Leonard Chess (March 12, 1917 - October 16, 1969) was a record company executive, founder of Chess Records. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ... Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin Wolf or sometimes, The Howlin Wolf, was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... There were 2 popular blues harmonica players that went by the name Sonny Boy Williamson Sonny Boy Williamson I, also known as John Lee Williamson was an American blues harmonica player, born in Jackson, Tennessee, whose first record Good Morning, School Girl was a hit in 1937. ... Koko Taylor (Undated photograph) Koko Taylor sometimes called KoKo Taylor (born September 28, 1935 as Cora Walton, on a farm just outside Memphis, Tennessee) is an American blues musician, popularly known as the Queen of the Blues. ...


Guy's reputation spread to Great Britain with the American Folk Blues Festival in the 1960s, where young rockers like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and the Rolling Stones were seeking out the roots of American blues. His first trip to the UK was in February 1965, during which Rod Stewart acted as his valet and Guy shared a bill with the Yardbirds. Guy’s tour exposed his music to a whole new generation of British musicians eager to soak it up. He was surprised to see how influential his music had become to English guitarists. The American Folk Blues Festival (also American Folk-Blues Festival, and AFBF) was a music festival that toured the United States and Europe beginning in 1962. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a British singer and songwriter born and raised in London. ... Yardbirds album cover The Yardbirds were an early British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock musics most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. ...


Guy later recalled:

Of course, I had a lot more energy than I have now—I was playing the guitar with my feet and throwing it up in the air—crazy stuff! But although I was getting to play overseas, back home I still didn't have a record. I thought that maybe it was because I played too loud and with too much feedback, then the next thing I know, Clapton and Hendrix are out there using the same tricks and selling millions of albums.

Guy reportedly grew increasingly frustrated with the unwillingness of Leonard Chess to let him cut loose with the loud, rock-influenced licks that regularly wowed live audiences. Guy left Chess Records in 1968, recounting:

When I got ready to go to Vanguard, that’s when Chess came to me and found out that Eric and his Cream and the Stones and Beck was hollering. Leonard came and told us, "Jesus, that’s the shit you’ve been trying to sell me for the last 12 years, and now it’s sellin' like hotcakes!" He bent over and said, "Kick me!"

Donald Wilcox noted in his biography of Guy: Vanguard Records was a record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York. ...

Leonard Chess would eventually realize his mistake in not recognizing Buddy's appeal in the clubs, or that much of the appeal of the British rock bands was based on the kind of 'noise' that Buddy was producing live... Still, Chess had not yet released a single album by Buddy Guy. What saved Buddy at Chess was his versatility. Ironically, Chess later released far more Buddy Guy albums (including compilations of unreleased sessions) after the artist left the label.

Buddy Guy was a leading star at the 1969 Supershow at Linoleum Factory, Staines, England that also included Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Jack Bruce, Stephen Stills, Buddy Miles, Glen Campbell, Roland Kirk, and Jon Hiseman. Image: 1969 Supershow. // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... John Symon Asher Jack Bruce (born May 14, 1943) is a Scottish-born musician, composer and singer. ... Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Scottish broadcaster, see Glenn Campbell (broadcaster). ... Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977) was a blind jazz saxophonist, perhaps best known for his ability to play more than one saxophone at once. ... Phillip John Jon Hiseman (born June 21, 1944 in Blackheath, London) is an English drummer. ...


By the late 1960s, Guy's career was in decline. The heavy blues-rock scene he had helped inspire was flourishing without him. For the next two decades, Buddy Guy had to endure the neglect many blues and rock artists faced in their careers: As visionaries and pathfinders they are overlooked while their followers received the fame, recognition and fortune.


Guy's career finally took off during the blues revival period of the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was sparked by Clapton's request that Guy be part of the '24 Nights' all-star blues guitar lineup at London's Royal Albert Hall and Guy's subsequent signing with Silvertone Records. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... Single side Silvertone Record, c. ...

Contents

Music

While Buddy Guy's music is often labeled Chicago blues, his style is unique and separate. His music can vary from the most traditional, deepest blues to a creative, unpredictable and radical gumbo of the blues, avant rock, soul and free jazz that morphs at each night’s performance. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


As New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles noted in 2004: For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... A music critic is someone who reviews music (including printed music, performances and recorded music) and publishes writing on them in books or journals (or on the internet). ...

Mr. Guy, 68, mingles anarchy, virtuosity, deep blues and hammy shtick in ways that keep all eyes on him... [Guy] loves extremes: sudden drops from loud to soft, or a sweet, sustained guitar solo followed by a jolt of speed, or a high, imploring vocal cut off with a rasp...Whether he's singing with gentle menace or bending new curves into a blue note, he is a master of tension and release, and his every wayward impulse was riveting.

Some blues fans and music critics believe that Guy's 1960–1967 Chess catalog remains his most satisfying body of work. This view discounts the pathfinding music Buddy was creating since his early live performances, some of which is captured in the American Folk Blues Festival albums. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page appreciated this more radical side of Guy's music, in the early 1960s. James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ...


Guy’s songs have been covered by Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, and others. Several of Guy’s early songs and licks were allegedly stolen by the late Willie Dixon and Guy’s early record companies. [citation needed] Regardless, Guy is perhaps better known for his creative interpretation of the work of other songwriters. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Stephen Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990), born in Dallas, Texas, was an American blues guitarist. ... For the photographer, see John Jabez Edwin Mayall. ... John Symon Asher Jack Bruce (born May 14, 1943) is a Scottish-born musician, composer and singer. ... Willie Dixons style of blues was one of the inspirations for a new generation of music, rock and roll. ...


Traditional blues fans may appreciate the albums, The Very Best of Buddy Guy, Blues Singer, Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues, A Man & The Blues and I Was Walking Through The Woods. Contemporary blues and rock fans may appreciate Slippin’ In, Sweet Tea, Stone Crazy, Buddy's Baddest: The Best Of Buddy Guy, Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues, and D.J. Play My Blues. Guy's live show is featured in the video Live! The Real Deal and he performs in the DVDs Lightning In a Bottle, Crossroads Guitar Festival, Eric Clapton: 24 Nights, Festival Express, and A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Crossroads Guitar Festival was a benefit concert for Eric Claptons Crossroads Centre located in Antigua. ... Poster from the movie Festival Express The Festival Express was a 1970 tour of Canada by several musical acts, including The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and The Band. ...


Entertainer

Guy performing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2006
Guy performing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2006

Guy is a showman who influenced how Jimi Hendrix and other musicians entertain on stage. Hendrix sometimes cancelled his own concerts to attend Guy’s club shows, which he filmed or audio taped. In Martin Scorsese's blues concert DVD, Lightning In A Bottle, footage shows an enchanted Hendrix in the audience watching a wild Buddy Guy performance. One technique Hendrix may have learned from Guy was playing the guitar with only the left hand: Hammering on and pulling off the strings to sound them, without plucking the strings with his right hand at all. Guy would often do something entirely different with his right hand, like swigging from a can of beer, while his left hand did all the work. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 420 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (497 × 709 pixel, file size: 51 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 420 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (497 × 709 pixel, file size: 51 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four day annual music festival by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment, first held in 2002. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, writer and producer and founder of the World Cinema Foundation. ...


Guy’s dramatic live shows used to involve much leaping off amplifiers; playing guitar with his feet, teeth, a handkerchief or a drumstick; playing guitar behind his back; playing guitar while hanging from the rafters by his ankles; and going on a walkabout into the audience on the end of a 150 foot guitar cord: cordless guitars were not yet available. Guy would sometimes begin his sets from inside the men’s washroom, all the while shaking up the house with his wild multi-fret bends and piercing, string-snapping attack. He would then get on stage and dive into his solos, maybe capping a run by flipping his guitar backwards and sliding the pickups over his T-shirt, laughing all the way.


One trick Guy has perfected in recent years is pulling someone out of the audience—often an attractive woman—and having her paw the strings on his guitar, as Guy fingers the frets with his left hand. At one concert in the early '90s, playing to a huge hometown audience at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Guy grabbed a nine-year-old boy by the wrist, pulled him on stage, and had him play the right-hand part of a robust and drawn-out solo. The Ravinia Festival is the summer music program offered at Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois. ...


Tom Lavin remembers the first time he saw Buddy Guy at a college concert. "Buddy was wearing a leopard skin blazer and when he soloed with one hand while he removed his jacket and then switched to soloing with the other hand while he took off the other sleeve, never missing a note. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Right there I knew that's what I wanted to do." Tom Lavin is a musician and founding member of the Juno Award winning (1981) Canadian group Powder Blues Band on Warner Brothers Records. ...


Guy recalls, "The first guitar player I saw putting on a show was Guitar Slim—I must've been 13 years old—he came out riding that guitar, wearing a bright red suit. I thought; 'I wanna sound like B.B. King, but I wanna play guitar like that.' " "Buddy's act was not premeditated or contrived," Donald Wilcox said in his biography of Guy. "His style was merely a natural by-product of being self-taught, having a compulsion to play, and being insecure enough to feel that if he didn't dazzle and hypnotize his audience with the flamboyant techniques he'd seen work for Guitar Slim, he'd be buried by competition from guitarists who were better technicians." Eddie Guitar Slim Jones (December 10, 1926 – February 7, 1959) is a New Orleans blues guitar player from the 1940s and 1950s best known for the million-selling song The Things That I Used to Do (a song that shaped rock and roll), and his flamboyant stage presence. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ...


Influence

For almost 50 years, Guy performed flamboyant live concerts of energetic blues and blues rock, predating the 1960s blues rockers. As a musician’s musician, he had a fundamental impact on the blues and on rock and roll, influencing a new generation of artists.


As Josh Hathaway once observed: “Rock and roll just could not be the same without Buddy Guy.” Buddy Guy helped modernize the blues, “moving the blues forward without losing sight of its roots.”


Buddy Guy has been called the bridge between the blues and rock and roll. He is one of the historic links between Chicago electric blues pioneers Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and popular musicians like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page as well as later revivalists like Stevie Ray Vaughan. This was what Stevie Ray Vaughan meant when he said, "Without Buddy Guy, there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan." Even Guitarist magazine observed: Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin Wolf or sometimes, The Howlin Wolf, was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. ... Guitarist is a monthly magazine published by Future Publishing. ...

Without Buddy Guy, the blues, not to mention rock as we know it, might be a heckuva lot less interesting today. Take the blues out of contemporary rock music—or pop, jazz and funk for that matter—and what you have left is a wholly spineless affair. A tasteless stew. Makes you shudder to think about it...

In addition, Guy's pathfinding guitar techniques also contributed greatly to rock and roll music. Guy’s guitar playing was loud and aggressive; used pioneering distortion and feedback techniques; employed longer solos; had shifts of volume and texture; and was driven by emotion and impulse. These lessons were eagerly learned and applied by the new wave of 1960s British artists and later became basic attributes of blues-rock music and its offspring, hard rock and heavy metal music. Jeff Beck realized in the early 1960s: “I didn't know a Strat could sound like that — until I heard Buddy's tracks on the Blues From Big Bill's Copa Cabana album” (reissue of 1963 Folk Festival Of The Blues album) and “It was the total manic abandon in Buddy's solos. They broke all boundaries. I just thought, this is more like it! Also, his solos weren't restricted to a three-minute pop format; they were long and really developed.” Audio feedback (also known as the Larsen effect after the Danish scientist, Søren Larsen, who first discovered its principles) is a special kind of feedback which occurs when a sound loop exists between an audio input (for example, a microphone or guitar pickup) and an audio output (for example... A recent Squier Stratocaster. ...


Guy could arguably be considered the inspiration, directly or indirectly, for every rock power trio format since Cream (i.e., bands such as Beck Bogert Appice, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Rush, Nirvana). Clapton admitted that he got his idea for a blues-rock power trio during his teenage years while watching Buddy Guy's trio perform in England in 1965. Clapton later formed the rock band Cream, which was “the first rock supergroup to become superstars” and was also “the first top group to truly exploit the power-trio format, in the process laying the foundation for much blues-rock and hard rock of the 1960s and 1970s.” The power trio is a rock and roll band format popularized in the 1960s. ... Cream were a classic 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ... A blues rock power trio composed of guitarist Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group), bassist Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus) and drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus). ... Jimi Hendrix James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who is widely considered to be the most important electric guitarist in the history of popular music. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... Blues Rock or Blues-rock is a fusion genre of music which combines elements of the blues with rock and roll. ... For other uses, see Supergroup (disambiguation). ...

Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007
Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007

Eric Clapton said "Buddy Guy was to me what Elvis was for others." Clapton, who's not prone to hyperbole, insisted in a 1985 Musician magazine article that "Buddy Guy is by far and without a doubt the best guitar player alive...if you see him in person, the way he plays is beyond anyone. Total freedom of spirit, I guess… He really changed the course of rock and roll blues." Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 579 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1808 × 1872 pixel, file size: 293 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 579 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1808 × 1872 pixel, file size: 293 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Musician (c. ...


Recalls Guy: "Eric Clapton and I are the best of friends and I like the tune "Strange Brew" and we were sitting and having a drink one day and I said ‘Man, that "Strange Brew"...you just cracked me up with that note.’ And he said ‘You should...cause it's your licks...’ " As soon as Clapton completed his famous Derek & the Dominos sessions (spawning "Layla") in October 1970, he co-produced (with Ahmet Ertegün and Tom Dowd) the Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play The Blues album with Guy's longtime harp and vocal compatriot. That record, released in 1972, is regarded by some critics as among the finest electric blues recordings of the modern era. Strange Brew is also the title of a song by the band Cream (released on their 1967 album Disraeli Gears), and of a compilation album - Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream Strange Brew is a 1983 film starring the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie, played by Dave Thomas... Eric Clapton CBE (born Eric Patrick Clapp on March 30, 1945 in The Green, Ripley, Surrey), is a British guitarist and composer, nicknamed slowhand. ... Layla is the title track on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, released in December 1970. ... // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... Ahmet Ertegün (July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006) was the Turkish-American co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records, described as one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry [1] . He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North American Soccer League. ... Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), born Amos Blakemore, was a blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago who was famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lonnie Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties...


In recognition of Guy's influence on Hendrix's career, the Hendrix family invited Buddy Guy to headline all-star casts at several Jimi Hendrix tribute concerts they organized in recent years, "calling on a legend to celebrate a legend." Jimi Hendrix himself once said that “Heaven is lying at Buddy Guy’s feet while listening to him play guitar.” Songs such as "Red House", "Voodoo Chile" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" partly came from the sonic world that Buddy Guy helped to create. According to the Fender Players’ Club: “Almost ten years before Jimi Hendrix would electrify the rock world with his high-voltage voodoo blues, Buddy Guy was shocking juke joint patrons in Baton Rouge with his own brand of high-octane blues. Ironically, when Buddy’s playing technique and flamboyant showmanship were later revealed to crossover audiences in the late Sixties, it was erroneously assumed that he was imitating Hendrix." Red House is a blues standard (more specifically, it is chicago blues) song written and performed first by famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix. ... Voodoo Chile is a song by The Jimi Hendrix Experience from the album Electric Ladyland. ... Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is the last track on the third and final album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ...


Stevie Ray Vaughan once declared that Buddy Guy "plays from a place that I've never heard anyone play." Vaughan continued:

Buddy can go from one end of the spectrum to another. He can play quieter than anybody I've ever heard, or wilder and louder than anybody I've ever heard. I play pretty loud a lot of times, but Buddy's tones are incredible…he pulls such emotion out of so little volume. Buddy just has this cool feel to everything he does. And when he sings, it's just compounded. Girls fall over and sweat and die! Every once in a while I get the chance to play with Buddy, and he gets me every time, because we could try to go to Mars on guitars but then he'll start singing, sing a couple of lines, and then stick the mike in front of me! What are you gonna do? What is a person gonna do?!

Jeff Beck affirmed:

Geez, you can’t forget Buddy Guy. He transcended blues and started becoming theater. It was high art, kind of like drama theater when he played, you know. He was playing behind his head long before Hendrix. I once saw him throw the guitar up in the air and catch it in the same chord.

Beck recalled the night he and Stevie Ray Vaughan jammed with Guy at Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago: “That was just the most incredible stuff I ever heard in my life. The three of us all jammed and it was so thrilling. That is as close you can come to the heart of the blues.” Image: Jeff Beck with Guy.


According to Jimmy Page: “Buddy Guy is an absolute monster” and “There were a number of albums that everybody got tuned into in the early days. There was one in particular called, I think, American Folk Festival Of The Blues, which featured Buddy Guy—he just astounded everybody.” Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman: “Guitar Legends do not come any better than Buddy Guy. He is feted by his peers and loved by his fans for his ability to make the guitar both talk and cry the blues… Such is Buddy’s mastery of the guitar that there is virtually no guitarist that he cannot imitate.” Guy has opened for the Rolling Stones on numerous tours since the early 1970s. Slash: "Buddy Guy is the perfect combination of R&B and hardcore rock and roll." ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons: "He (Buddy Guy) ain't no trickster. He may appear surprised by his own instant ability but, clearly, he knows what's up." Lonnie Brooks: “Buddy Guy is a master. He’s the bravest guitar player I’ve ever seen on a bandstand. He’ll pull you into his trap and kill you. He owns that bandstand and everyone knows it when Buddy’s up there." Image:Guy performing with the Rolling Stones at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston. Image:Buddy Guy. This article is about the rock band. ... Bill Wyman (born William George Perks on 24 October 1936) was the bassist for the English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from its founding in 1962 until 1993. ... Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), more widely known as Slash, is an English/American guitarist best known as the former lead guitarist of Guns N Roses and as the current lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Lonnie Brooks (December 18, 1933-) is an American blues singer and guitarist. ...


Awards

Guy previously served on the Hall of Fame’s nominating committee. Guy has won five Grammy awards both for his work on his electric and acoustic guitars, and for contemporary and traditional forms of blues music. By 2004, Buddy Guy had also earned 23 W.C. Handy Awards (more than any other artist has received), Billboard Magazine's prestigious The Century Award (Guy was its second recipient) for “distinguished artistic achievement,” the title of Greatest Living Electric Blues Guitarist, and the Congressional Medal of Arts (awarded by the President to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the creation, growth and support in the arts in the United States). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ... The W. C. Handy Awards (also called The Handys), named in honour of the pioneering blues musician W. C. Handy, were created by the Blues Foundation to recognize the best blues recordings and performances of the previous year. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2005 by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Clapton recalled in 1965, seeing Guy perform in London’s The Marquee Club and was impressed by Guy’s playing, his looks, his star power. He remembered seeing Guy pick the guitar with his teeth and play it over his head—two tricks that later influenced Jimi Hendrix. Guy’s acceptance speech was concise: “If you don’t think you have the blues, just keep living.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Legendary music club first located at 165 Oxford Street, London, UK when it opened in 1958 with a range of jazz and skiffle acts. ...


Blues caretaker

Muddy Waters passed the torch to Buddy shortly before his death when he said, "Don't let them goddamn blues die on me." Guy has kept that promise by passing on reverence to the blues to the next generation. The Buddy Guy Foundation helps pay for the tombstones of long forgotten blues musicians, giving them the respect Guy feels they deserved in life. Guy is also the proprietor of Buddy Guy's Legends, the premier blues nightclub in Chicago.


Discography

• 1965 Hoodoo Man Blues – Delmark (w/ Junior Wells band)
• 1966 Chicago/The Blues/Today! vol. 1 – Vanguard (w/ Junior Wells band)
• 1966 It’s my Life, Baby!-Vanguard (w/Junior Wells band)
• 1967 I Left My Blues in San Francisco – Chess
• 1968 A Man and the Blues – Vanguard
• 1968 Coming At You-Vanguard
• 1968 Blues Today-Vanguard
• 1968 This Is Buddy Guy (live)–Vanguard
• 1969 Hot And Cool-Vanguard
• 1969 First Time I Met the Blues-Python
• 1970 Buddy and the Juniors – MCA (w/ Junior Mance & Junior Wells)
• 1970 South Side Blues Jam-Delmark (w/Junior Wells and Otis Span)
• 1971 In The Beginning-Red Lightnin’
• 1972 Play The Blues – Rhino (w/Junior Wells)
• 1972 Hold That Plane!-Vanguard
• 1974 I Was Walking Through the Woods – Chess (rec. 1960–64)
• 1979 Got to Use Your House-Blues Ball
• 1981 Stone Crazy – Alligator
• 1981 Alone & Acoustic-Alligator
• 1982 Drinkin' TNT 'n' Smokin' Dynamite (live) – Blind Pig (rec. 1974 Montreax Jazz Fest.)
• 1982 DJ Play My Blues-JSP Records
• 1982 Dollar Done Fell-JSP Records
• 1983 Buddy Guy – Chess
• 1983 The Original Blues Brothers (live)-Blue Moon
• 1985 Ten Blue Fingers-JSP Records
• 1986 Atlantic Blues: Chicago-Atlantic
• 1987 Chess Masters (Charly)
• 1988 Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago-1979 - JSP Records
• 1988 Breakin Out-JSP Records
• 1989 I Ain’t Got No Money (Flyright)
• 1991 Alone & Acoustic – Alligator (rec. 1981 w/ Junior Wells)
• 1991 Damn Right, I've Got the Blues – Silvertone/BMG
• 1991 Buddy's Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy – Silvertone
• 1992 My Time After Awhile (Vanguard 1992)
• 1992 The Very Best of Buddy Guy – Rhino/WEA
• 1992 The Complete Chess Studio Recordings – Chess (2 CD, 1960–67)
• 1992 Live at Montreaux – Evidence (w/ Junior Wells)
• 1993 Feels Like Rain – Silvertone
• 1994 Slippin' In – Silvertone
• 1996 Live: The Real Deal – Silvertone
• 1997 Buddy's Blues – Chess "Chess Masters"
• 1998 Buddy’s Blues 1978-1982: The Best of the JSP Recordings-JSP Records
• 1998 As Good As It Gets – Vanguard
• 1998 Heavy Love – Silvertone
• 1998 Last Time Around - Live at Legends – Jive (w/Junior Wells)
• 1998 This Is Buddy Guy-VMD
• 1998 Blues Master-Vanguard
• 1999 Buddy’s Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy-Silvertone
• 2000 The Complete Vanguard Recordings-Vanguard
• 2000 Every Day I Have the Blues-Purple Pyramid (w/Junior Wells)
• 2001 20th Century Masters: The Millenium: The Best of Buddy Guy- MCA
• 2001 Sweet Tea – Silvertone
• 2001 Double Dynamite-AIM Recording Co. (Import)
• 2003 Blues Singer – Silvertone
• 2003 Chicago Blues Festival 1964 (live) – Stardust
• 2003 Jammin’ Blues Electric & Acoustic-Sony
• 2003 Live At the Mystery Club-Quicksilver
• 2005 A Night of the Blues (w/Junior Wells)-Master Classics
• 2005 Bring 'Em In (Buddy Guy album) – Jive
• 2006 Can't Quit The Blues:Box Set – Silvertone/Legacy Recordings
• 2006 Live: The Real Deal (Sony) (w/ G.E. Smith & Saturday Night Live Band)


With Muddy Waters
• Folk Singer, Chess
• Baby Please Don’t Go, Chess (Import)
• The Super Duper Blues Band, Chess (Import)
• Muddy Waters, Chess


References

  • “Damn Right I've Got the Blues: Buddy Guy and the Blues Roots of Rock-And-Roll (1993) by Donald Wilcox and Buddy Guy, Duane Press 1999 paperback: ISBN 0-942627-13-X

See also

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External links

  • Buddy Guy: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
  • Buddy Guy: Official Website by Jive Records
  • Buddy Guy: Billboard Magazine’s Century Award
  • Buddy Guy: All Music Guide biography
  • Buddy Guy: Tribute Site
  • Buddy Guy: Buddy's Chicago Club Website
  • Buddy Guy Interview & Music Video
  • Buddy Guy at Legacy Recordings - A focus on Buddy's catalog

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