Do you love listening to Blues music? If yes, then you should listen to some of the top blues musicians from around the globe. Whether they are playing their instruments or singing their songs at live concerts, these artists prove that blues is indeed alive and well. This Top Ten List features some of the greatest blues musicians ever recorded according to the Canadian gambling guide website.
The best-known name in the world of blues music, Jimmy Reed was born on May 6th, 1931. He became famous for his recordings with Sam Cooke. His version of “You Send Me” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1963. In addition, he also had a string of hits like “Baby What You Want Me To Do”, “I Can’t Quit You Baby”, “Everybody Loves My Baby”, ‘The Midnight Hour”, “Shake It Up Baby”, ”(I Don’t Know Why) I Just Feel Like Being With You”, ”Honey Bee”, ”Someday We’ll Be Together”, etc.
Known as “the father of the Delta Blues”, Robert Johnson was born on March 26th, 1911. After he started performing professionally in the 1930s, he went on to become one of the most popular blues singers ever. Many great names in rock n roll history have covered his songs over the years including Eric Clapton, BB King, Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Neil Young, etc.
As a young boy growing up in Mississippi, he learned how to play piano since he liked making music when he was a kid. When he was thirteen, he moved to Chicago where he met other musicians who made him want to play and sing soulful songs. In 1947, he formed his band which played R&B and jazz standards until 1951 when it evolved into a rhythm and blues trio. From there, he signed an agreement with Chess Records and released his first single “Got My Mojo Working”. Later, he was dropped by Chess and went on to release several more albums under different labels before he re-signed with Chess in 1966. During that time, he recorded such classics like “Rollin’ Stone”, “Long Distance Call”, “One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)”, “Mannish Boy”, “Cleaning House”, “Trouble No More”, “Lights Out!”.
Born as James Edward Kennedy on October 7th, 1944, Albert King has been hailed as the Godfather of Southern Rock. Over the past 50+ years, he has created many classic tracks such as “How Blue Can You Get”, “Alligator Man”, “Born Under a Bad Sign”, “Loveable Crazy Monster”, “Juke Joint Jezebel”, “Whipping Post”, “Can’t Hold Back”, “Rock Candy Mountain”, “Spoonful”, “Don’t Throw Your Love On Me So Strong”, “Look Inside Yourself”, “Evil One”, etc. Not only is he considered one of the greatest guitarists in American history, but he is also ranked among the top five electric blues guitarists of all time.
Born Harold Bradley Jr. on June 17th, 1940, Buddy Guy grew up listening to country and western music. Although he received musical training, he never took lessons formally. At the age of 28, he met guitarist Junior Wells and together they formed a band called the Electric Mudcats which later evolved into the band Elvin Bishop and the Exciters. While he was still playing with the Exciters, he got a call asking if he wanted to join another band called the Blues Incorporated. He accepted and became the lead vocalist along with Otis Clay. They were later joined by Al Jackson, Jr., and together they recorded their first album entitled “Blowin’ The Blues Away”.
Born Frederick McKinley Glover III on July 21st, 1938, Freddie King is an iconic figure in the world of blues. His career as a musician spanned almost 40 years. Throughout those years, he earned numerous awards for his songwriting, recording, production, and performance. He is best known for his work with Atlantic Records and reached the peak of his career during the 1960s. Early in his career, he sang background vocals for Aretha Franklin and Ike Turner. Later, he went solo and released two successful albums: “Back Stabbers” and “Freddie King Sings Sam Cooke Songs”. Between 1967 and 1970, he went back to singing background vocals again for artists like Frank Sin.
John Lee Hooker
Born as William Sterling Hooker on April 19th, 1917, John Lee Hooker was born and raised in rural Arkansas. Since childhood, he had been fascinated with the sounds coming out of the radio station, WHBI in Memphis, Tennessee. That is where he discovered the sounds of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, BB Pierce, Papa Charlie Jackson, Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Taylor, and many others. During the 1930s, he began performing around town with local musicians. Later, he performed as a session player for many record companies. To be able to sustain himself financially, he worked as
These are six legendary musicians whose music we can listen to any time, anywhere. But which ones would you choose? Do you agree or disagree with our choices? Hope you enjoy their music.