Blues Music in History

Blues: Blues Artists

Historical Events

  • 1905-09-27 1st published blues composition forms sale, WC Handy Memphis Blues
  • 1912-09-27 W C Handy publishes "Memphis Blues" 1st Blues Song, 1912
  • 1914-09-11 William Christopher Handy publishes "St Louis Blues"
  • 1917-02-26 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company
  • 1917-03-07 1st jazz record record released on a 78 by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company ("Dixie Jazz Band One Step," one side "Livery Stable Blues" other)
  • 1924-06-09 "Jelly-Roll Blues" is recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton
  • 1928-12-28 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

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1928-12-28 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1940-02-20 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"

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1952-02-02 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1956-12-08 Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1958-09-29 "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8

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1964-04-23 James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

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1969-10-11 Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

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1970-06-12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin

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1970-09-25 Ringo Starr releases his album "Beaucoups of Blues"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1972-08-05 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
  • 1974-07-17 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues
  • 1976-03-09 Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0
  • 1980-06-16 "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
  • 1980-06-20 "Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters
  • 1981-01-15 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1982-06-02 "Blues in the Night" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 1982-07-18 "Blues in the Night" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 1984-12-29 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period

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1985-03-28 Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1985-06-02 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues & Big River win

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1985-06-22 "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 1987-12-19 Bruins' Linseman & Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart
  • 1991-10-05 NJ Devils begin their 10th Anniversary with a 7-2 win over the Blues
  • 1995-03-10 Chiel Meijering's "St Louis Blues" premieres in Arnhem
  • 2015-04-18 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 166

  • 1873-11-16 William Christopher Handy, Alabama, jazz star (St Louis Blues) (d. 1958)
  • 1886-04-26 Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)

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1888-01-20 Lead Belly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1893-03-06 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of the blues
  • 1893-06-26 "Big Bill" Broonzy, Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)
  • 1893-07-03 Mississippi John Hurt, Teoc Mississippi, American blues singer and guitarist
  • 1893-09-24 Blind Lemon Jefferson, Coutchman, Texas, blues singer and guitarist, (d. 1929)
  • 1894-04-15 Elizabeth Mae "Bessie" Smith, Empress of Blues (over 200 songs)
  • 1895-04-01 Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
  • 1895-04-09 Mance Lipscomb, Texas, blues musician (Texas Sharecropper)
  • 1896-03-12 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • 1896-04-30 Gary Davis, Laurens SC, blues/folk guitarist (A Little More Faith)
  • 1897-01-22 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • 1897-06-03 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1899-01-25 "Sleepy" John Estes, blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1899-12-05 Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • 1900-06-15 Paul J Mares, US, jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)

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1902-02-01 Langston Hughes, Joplin, Missouri, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto)

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1902-03-21 Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician (Delta Blues)
  • 1903-08-26 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer
  • 1905-03-27 Leroy Carr, blues singer-songwriter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 1907-09-05 Sunnyland Albert Luandrew Slim, blues pianist

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1910-05-28 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1910-06-10 Howlin' Wolf, [Chester Arthur Burnett], harmonica (Big City Blues)
  • 1911-02-03 Jesse Thomas, blues singer

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1911-05-08 Robert Johnson, American blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1911-05-18 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • 1911-09-15 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1911-10-24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)

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1912-03-15 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1912-06-12 Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist
  • 1913-03-31 Etta Baker, Caldwell County North Carolina, American blues guitarist

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1913-04-04 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1914-02-11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1914-03-30 Sonny Boy Williamson [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1914-09-02 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist
  • 1914-11-25 Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist (Mississippi)
  • 1915-03-27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)

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1915-04-07 Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1915-04-12 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, Natchez Mississippi, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • 1915-04-26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1915-06-28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1915-07-01 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1915-07-21 Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1915-08-24 Wynonie Harris, rhythm & blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1915-09-03 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1915-11-30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1917-05-28 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1917-07-27 Moses Rascoe, blues Singer
  • 1917-08-22 John Lee Hooker, Clarksdale Mississippi, blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen)
  • 1918-12-12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], Cordele, Georgia, American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
  • 1918-12-19 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, Bogalusa, Louisiana, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 1919-05-02 Than Wyenn, actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-08-13 Jimmy McCracklin, blues musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1923-04-25 Albert King, Indianola, Mississippi, American blues singer/guitarist (Bad Look Blues)
  • 1924-01-11 Slim Harpo [James Moore], Lobdell, Louisiana, American blues musician
  • 1924-04-18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Vinton La, blues singer (Mary is Fine)
  • 1924-06-03 Jimmy Rogers, Ruleville, Mississippi, Blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), (d. 1997)
  • 1924-07-08 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (d. 2005)
  • 1925-06-18 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer
  • 1925-06-25 Clifton Chenier, Opelousas La, blues singer (Bayou Blues)
  • 1925-06-27 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, Blues singer-songwriter ("Save the Last Dance for Me", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1925-09-06 Jimmy Reed, Mississippi, blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man)

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1925-09-16 B.B. King, blues guitarist and singer (Thrill is Gone), born in Itta Bena Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1925-11-30 Maxwell Street Jimmy Charles Davis Thomas, blues musician
  • 1926-01-03 Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1926-02-18 Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat, Homer & Eddie)
  • 1926-12-10 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], blues guitarist ("The Things That I Used to Do"), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1926-12-11 Big Mama Thornton, blues singer (Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt)

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1927-07-04 Neil Simon, playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues), born in The Bronx, New York

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1928-02-26 Antione "Fats" Domino, NO LA, rhythm & blues pianist (Blueberry Hill)
  • 1928-04-19 Alexis Korner, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), born in Paris, France
  • 1928-08-16 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)
  • 1928-09-27 Earring George Mayweather, blues Harmonica Player
  • 1928-09-28 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1928-11-25 James "Jimmy" Johnson, US gospel/blues singer/guitarist
  • 1928-12-12 Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1929-03-05 J. B. Lenoir, Monticello, Mississippi, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s
  • 1929-09-18 Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player
  • 1930-01-10 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues singer
  • 1930-01-27 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
  • 1930-05-01 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 1930-07-28 Junior Kimbrough, American bluesman (d. 1998)
  • 1931-11-06 Mike Nichols[Peschowsky], German-born American director (Catch 22, Biloxi Blues), born in Berlin, (d. 2014)
  • 1931-11-16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues musician
  • 1932-04-07 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger
  • 1932-05-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • 1932-10-01 Albert Collins, Leona TX, blues guitarist (Frosty, Showdown)
  • 1933-12-29 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1934-03-14 Shirley Scott, swing/blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine)
  • 1934-03-17 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • 1934-06-09 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist
  • 1934-07-30 Ben Piazza, Little Rock Ark, actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas)
  • 1934-09-03 Freddie King, Gilmer Tx, blues singer (Hideaway)
  • 1934-09-07 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], Inverness Mississippii, blues singer and guitarist
  • 1934-09-26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire (d. 2004)
  • 1934-12-09 [Amos] Junior Wells, blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1935-01-09 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer
  • 1935-04-16 Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1935-07-01 James Cotton, blues vocalist

Famous Weddings

  • 1904-02-02 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

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1932-11-20 Blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

HeartWedding of Interest

1944-11-11 Blues musician B.B. King (19) marries his first wife Martha Denton

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-10-11 Rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker
  • 2006-09-16 Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd (29) weds Mel Gibson's daughter Hannah Gibson at the altar of The Holy Family Church in Malibu

Famous Deaths

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  • 1933-03-04 Willie Walker, US jazz singer/guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1935-04-29 Leroy Carr, American blues singer-songwriter, dies at 30

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1938-08-16 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1939-12-22 Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
  • 1945-09-18 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • 1948-02-07 "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
  • 1948-06-01 Sonny Boy Williamson [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • 1949-08-18 Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49

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1949-12-06 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1958-03-28 William Christopher Handy, US conductor/composer (St Louis Blues), dies at 84 in New York
  • 1958-08-15 William L C "Big Bill" Broonzy, US blues singer/guitarist, dies at 65
  • 1959-02-07 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • 1963-05-24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • 1965-05-25 Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1967-04-29 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies at 38

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1967-05-22 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), dies at 65

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1968-02-15 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • 1969-09-05 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • 1969-10-03 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • 1969-12-01 Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
  • 1970-07-17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74

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1970-10-04 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1972-06-08 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • 1973-03-05 Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1973-08-06 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1974-03-28 Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1974-07-27 Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61

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1975-03-16 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1975-12-17 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1976-01-10 Chester Arthur Burnett, US blues pianist/harmonica player, dies at 65
  • 1977-06-05 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • 1978-12-12 Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • 1980-01-30 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 1981-09-14 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • 1983-02-02 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies

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1983-04-30 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1983-11-22 Michael Conrad, actor (Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1984-01-01 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (b. 1928)
  • 1984-10-17 Alberta Hunter, US blues singer/composer, dies at 89
  • 1986-03-11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1986-11-01 Sippie Wallace, blues singer, dies at 88
  • 1988-02-24 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • 1988-08-14 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • 1989-12-01 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • 1990-03-18 Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36

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1990-08-27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 1990-12-28 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1991-03-14 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, American blues singer-songwriter (Save Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • 1992-01-29 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Backdoor Man"), dies at 76
  • 1992-04-20 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1992-06-09 Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • 1992-12-21 Albert King, US blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71
  • 1993-01-06 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1993-03-04 Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
  • 1993-05-30 Sun Ra, blues pianist/orchestra leader, dies of strokes at 79
  • 1993-11-24 Albert Collins, blues guitarist (Don't Lose Your Cool), dies at 61
  • 1994-01-09 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 82
  • 1994-01-30 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994-02-02 John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
  • 1994-02-05 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
  • 1994-02-14 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • 1994-02-22 "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • 1994-03-06 Moses Rascoe, blues singer, dies at 77
  • 1994-04-12 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • 1994-04-19 Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1994-05-06 Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1994-05-11 Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 68
  • 1994-06-14 Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat), dies at 66
  • 1994-07-13 Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, dies at 79
  • 1994-09-04 Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player, dies at 64
  • 1995-01-01 Ted Hawkins, US blues singer (Watch Your Step), dies at 58
  • 1995-02-03 Turner Fodrell, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1995-02-12 Earring George Mayweather, blues harmonica player, dies at 66
  • 1995-02-18 Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist, dies at 82
  • 1995-02-28 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
  • 1995-03-17 Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • 1995-03-24 Joey Long, blues/cajun guitarist, dies at 62
  • 1995-04-23 Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1995-06-27 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1995-07-23 Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1995-08-13 Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84
  • 1995-09-19 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger, dies at 63
  • 1995-09-21 Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
  • 1995-09-23 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
  • 1996-02-03 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1996-02-16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1996-04-03 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman, dies at 59
  • 1996-04-23 Leonard Kuntstat, blues discographer, dies at 70
  • 1997-08-12 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1997-11-25 Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
  • 1997-12-19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician, dies at 73
  • 1998-01-15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • 1998-01-16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, blues musician, dies at 67
  • 1998-01-26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • 1999-01-21 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2002-11-28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)

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2004-06-10 Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • 2004-12-17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2005-04-13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)