Blues Music in History (Part 2)

Blues: Blues Artists

Events in Music

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 190 of 190

  • 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, actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 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
  • 1935-04-29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi
  • 1935-07-01 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 2017)
  • 1936-07-30 George "Buddy" Guy, US blues guitarist (Stone Crazy)
  • 1936-09-25 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman
  • 1936-12-04 Larry Davis, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1937-02-14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • 1937-03-23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1937-03-27 Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, US blues guitarist/singer (Lion's Den)
  • 1938-02-04 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • 1938-07-04 Bill Withers, Slab Fork WV, rhythm & blues singer (Lean on Me)
  • 1939-09-08 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939-09-23 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1940-06-25 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (2004)

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1940-12-01 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 1941-01-07 Robert Hicks, rocker (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
  • 1941-01-12 Long John Baldry, England, blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie)
  • 1941-11-01 Johnny Kendall, [Johan Donkerkaat], Dutch blues singer
  • 1941-12-27 Mike Pinder [Michael Thomas Pinder], English keyboard player and Mellotron pioneer (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1941-12-29 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), born in Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1942-03-30 Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
  • 1942-08-14 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1942-11-13 John P Hammond, American blues singer (So Many Roads), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-12-17 Paul Butterfield, blues musician (Better Days), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-12-25 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-01-07 Leona Williams, singer/songwriter (Ladies Get the Blues)

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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
Janis Joplin
  • 1943-03-22 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-04-15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1943-07-28 Mike Bloomfield, American blues guitarist/singer (Analine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1944-01-31 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • 1944-02-23 Johnny Winter, [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • 1944-03-26 Diana Ross, [Earle], (Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944-10-29 Denny Laine, [Brian Hines], rock guitarist (Moody Blues, Wings)
  • 1945-04-16 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-07-20 John Lodge, English bassist, vocalist, and songwriter(The Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945-12-09 Michael Nouri, actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-02-03 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London
  • 1946-04-21 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-07-23 Keith Ferguson, blues guy (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
  • 1946-10-14 Justin Hayward, England, vocalist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)
  • 1947-01-01 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer
  • 1947-03-15 Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads)
  • 1947-04-07 Charles 'skip' Pitts, soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1948-06-24 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues), born in Morges, Switzerland
  • 1948-10-01 Ellen McIlwaine, blues singer (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1948-10-27 Sherman Robertson, American blues musician (I'm the Man), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • 1948-12-13 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American guitarist (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Deacon Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-01-24 John Belushi, comedian and actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949-01-26 Derek Holt, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • 1949-02-03 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • 1949-08-26 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Cyprus
  • 1950-04-05 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950-08-08 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951-08-16 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • 1951-10-03 Keb' Mo'[Kevin Roosevelt Moore], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Los Angeles
  • 1952-04-29 Nora Dunn, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952-06-25 Tim Finn, rocker (Split Enz, Crowded House, Puberty Blues)
  • 1953-02-11 Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)
  • 1953-03-10 Ronnie Earl [Ronald Horvath], American blues guitarist (The Broadcasters), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953-08-01 Robert Cray, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1955-03-28 Reba McEntire, McAlester Ok, country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues)
  • 1955-10-08 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician

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1957-03-20 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Director Spike Lee
Spike Lee
  • 1957-10-14 Kenny Neal, American blues musician (Let Life Flow), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1958-12-14 Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc, Waterboys-Rainbow Warrior)
  • 1960-04-06 Warren Haynes, rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1963-12-28 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • 1964-05-05 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1964-12-13 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968-06-12 Bobby Sheehan, American musician (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)
  • 1969-02-21 Corey Harris, American blues and reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-04-27 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
  • 1969-05-29 Chan Kinchla, Canadian musician (Blues Traveler)
  • 1970-03-27 Brendan Hill, British drummer (Blues Traveler)
  • 1970-10-31 Johnny Moeller, American blues guitarist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1974-04-18 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1977-06-12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd, American blues-rock guitarist
  • 1981-01-27 Jonny Lang, blues musician
  • 1983-05-29 Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist
  • 2018-07-16 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)

Weddings in Music

Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 141 of 141

  • 1997-12-19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band) dies at 73
  • 1998-01-15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • 1998-01-16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American 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)
  • 1999-04-06 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • 2001-06-21 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), dies at 83
  • 2002-11-28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • 2004-05-15 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63

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

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • 2004-12-17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2004-12-20 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • 2005-04-13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
  • 2005-09-01 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), dies at 78 (b. 1926)
  • 2006-09-23 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • 2006-11-17 Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)
  • 2006-11-21 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91

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2006-12-25 James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply The Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 2007-02-02 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2007-07-05 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • 2008-08-15 Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • 2009-03-04 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2009-03-20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 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
  • 2009-08-13 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • 2011-03-21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • 2011-05-13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • 2011-08-29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • 2011-12-04 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • 2012-02-25 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • 2012-05-01 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65
  • 2012-07-23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), dies at 75 (b. 1937)
  • 2013-04-10 Jimmy Dawkins, American electric blues musician, dies at 76
  • 2013-06-23 Bobby Bland, American blues and soul singer, dies at 83
  • 2014-07-16 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70

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2015-05-14 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 2015-06-16 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • 2017-03-16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81

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2017-10-24 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ā€™nā€™ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), dies from natural causes at 89

Singer Fats Domino
Fats Domino
  • 2018-01-08 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), dies from complications of surgery at 78