Today in Blues Artist History

Events in Music


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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

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)
  • 1895-04-01 Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
  • 1895-04-09 Mance Lipscomb, Texas, blues musician (Texas Sharecropper)
  • 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 II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1914-03-30 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1915-04-26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 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
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett, jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1917-07-27 Moses Rascoe, blues Singer
  • 1918-12-19 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, Bogalusa, Louisiana, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 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)
  • 1925-06-25 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)
  • 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)
  • 1926-12-11 Big Mama Thornton, blues singer (Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1931-11-16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues musician
  • 1932-04-07 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger
  • 1932-07-19 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1933-12-29 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1934-09-03 Freddie King, Gilmer Tx, blues singer (Hideaway)
  • 1934-09-07 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], Inverness Mississippii, blues singer and guitarist
  • 1934-12-09 [Amos] Junior Wells, blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1935-04-16 Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1936-12-04 Larry Davis, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1938-07-04 Bill Withers, Slab Fork WV, rhythm & blues singer (Lean on Me)
  • 1941-11-01 Johnny Kendall, [Johan Donkerkaat], Dutch blues singer
  • 1942-12-17 Paul Butterfield, blues musician (Better Days), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1943-01-19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1943-03-22 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-11-13 John Paul Hammond, blues singer (So Many Roads), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-01-31 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • 1945-04-16 Stefan Grossman, country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948-10-01 Ellen McIlwaine, blues singer (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1953-08-01 Robert Cray, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1955-10-08 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician
  • 1969-04-27 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
  • 1981-01-27 Jonny Lang, blues musician

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Deaths in Music

  • 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
  • 1948-06-01 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34

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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
  • 1958-08-15 William L C "Big Bill" Broonzy, US blues singer/guitarist, dies at 65
  • 1965-05-25 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1966-11-02 Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • 1968-02-15 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • 1969-10-03 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)

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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
  • 1973-08-06 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
  • 1977-06-05 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • 1980-01-30 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 1980-11-16 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1992-12-21 Albert King, US blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71
  • 1994-01-09 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 82
  • 1994-01-30 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994-03-06 Moses Rascoe, blues singer, dies at 77
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1995-03-17 Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • 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
  • 1996-01-20 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1996-02-16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1996-11-13 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies at 80
  • 1997-04-29 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • 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
  • 1999-01-21 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2002-11-28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • 2005-04-13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
  • 2006-11-17 Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)
  • 2007-02-02 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2007-07-05 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • 2009-06-03 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • 2012-02-25 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • 2013-04-10 Jimmy Dawkins, American electric blues musician, dies at 76
  • 2014-07-16 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70