Blues Music in History (Part 2)

Blues: Blues Artists

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 216

  • 1930-05-01 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 1930-07-28 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American bluesman, born in Hudsonville, Mississippi (d. 1998)
  • 1931-11-16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1932-03-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1932-04-07 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger
  • 1932-06-07 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1932-07-19 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1932-10-01 Albert Collins, Leona TX, blues guitarist (Frosty, Showdown)
  • 1933-07-30 Ben Piazza, American actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1991)
  • 1933-11-29 John Mayall, British blues musician (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers), born in Macclesfield, England
  • 1933-12-29 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1934-03-14 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), born In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1934-03-17 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • 1934-06-09 Wild Jimmy Spruill, American blues guitarist, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1934-09-03 Freddie King, American blues singer (Hideaway), born in Gilmer, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1934-09-07 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (Grits Ain't Groceries), born in Inverness, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1934-09-26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire (d. 2004)
  • 1934-12-09 Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1935-01-09 Buddy Scott, American blues guitarist, born in Goodman, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1935-01-10 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), born in Macon, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1935-04-16 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1935-04-29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1935-07-01 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 2017)
  • 1936-07-30 Buddy [George] Guy, American blues guitarist (Stone Crazy), born in Lettsworth, Louisiana
  • 1936-09-25 Booba [Roosevelt Melvin] Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1936-12-04 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 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 Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1938-02-04 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi

Person of interestBill Withers

1938-07-04 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), born in Slab Fork, West Virginia (d. 2020)

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers
  • 1939-04-04 Danny Thompson, English multi-instrumentalist (Blues Incorporated), born in Teignmouth, England
  • 1939-06-06 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1939-07-16 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)
  • 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 [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)

Person of interestRichard Pryor

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

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 1941-01-07 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1941-01-12 Long John Baldry, English blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom (d. 2005)
  • 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, American country music singer (Ladies Get the Blues), born in Vienna, Missouri

Person of interestJanis Joplin

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
  • 1943-04-15 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)
  • 1943-08-01 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 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)

Person of interestDiana Ross

1944-03-26 Diana Ross [Earle], American singer and actress (the Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1944-10-29 Denny Laine [Brian Hines], English rock guitarist (The Moody Blues, Wings), born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England
  • 1945-02-16 Pete Christlieb, American jazz bebop saxophonist (Deacon Blues, Unforgettable), born Los Angeles, California
  • 1945-04-16 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-05-13 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1945-06-19 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1945-07-20 John Lodge, English bassist, vocalist, and songwriter(The Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945-12-09 Michael Nouri, American actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-02-03 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London
  • 1946-02-08 Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 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
  • 1946-06-12 Eelco Gelling, Dutch blues guitarist (Cuby + Blizzards), born in Zwartsluis, Netherlands
  • 1946-06-15 Duris Maxwell [a.k.a. Ted Lewis], Canadian drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946-07-23 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1946-10-05 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), born in Wyoming (d. 1996)
  • 1946-10-14 Justin Hayward, English vocalist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Swindon, Wiltshire England
  • 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, American soul & blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1948-05-19 Tom Scott, American saxophonist and composer (L.A. Express, The Blues Brothers) born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948-06-24 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues), born in Morges, Switzerland
  • 1948-10-01 Ellen McIlwaine, American blues singer-songwriter (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1948-10-27 Sherman Robertson, American blues musician (I'm the Man), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • 1949-01-24 John Belushi, American comedian & actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1949-01-26 Derek Holt, British musician (Climax Blues Band), born in Stafford, United Kingdom
  • 1949-02-03 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • 1949-03-20 Marcia Ball, American blues singer and pianist (Presumed Innocent), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1949-04-25 Watermelon Slim [William Homans], American blues musician (The Wheel Man), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-08-26 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2019)
  • 1949-11-08 Bonnie Raitt, American blues country singer-songwriter (Nick of Time, Something To Talk About), born in Burbank, California
  • 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
  • 1951-03-06 Walter Trout, American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter (Canned Heat, Bluesbreakers), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • 1951-08-16 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 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, New Zealand rocker (Split Enz, Crowded House, Puberty Blues) born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1953-02-11 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1953-03-10 Ronnie Earl [Ronald Horvath], American blues guitarist (The Broadcasters), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953-08-01 Robert Cray, American blues singer and songwriter (1987 Grammy), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1955-03-28 Reba McEntire, American country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues), born in McAlester, Oklahoma
  • 1955-05-31 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian-American acoustic guitarist (Stevie's Blues), born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales
  • 1955-10-08 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, born in Lexington, Mississipi (d. 1998)
  • 1957-10-14 Kenny Neal, American blues musician (Let Life Flow), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 1995-09-21 Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
  • 1995-09-23 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
  • 1995-12-28 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1996-01-16 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), dies at 49
  • 1996-01-20 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • 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
  • 1996-04-02 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • 1996-04-03 Booba [Roosevelt Melvin] Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1997-08-12 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1997-09-18 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), dies at 77
  • 1997-11-25 Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
  • 1997-12-19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band) dies at 73
  • 1998-01-15 Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), 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
  • 1998-07-14 Beryl Bryden, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, dies at 78
  • 1998-11-08 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, dies at 43
  • 1999-01-21 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (Merry Christmas Baby), dies at 76
  • 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 [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63

Person of interestRay Charles

2004-06-10 Ray Charles [Robinson], American singer and pianist who pioneered soul music (Georgia on My Mind, Mess Around), dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
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 & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies from kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), dies at 64
  • 2005-08-04 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (Grits Ain't Groceries), dies at 70
  • 2005-09-01 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), dies at 78 (b. 1926)
  • 2005-09-10 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer (Mary is Fine), dies at 81
  • 2006-09-23 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • 2006-11-21 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91

Person of interestJames Brown

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 of heart failure at 73

Singer James Brown
Singer
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)
  • 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 [Polsfuss], American 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)
  • 2011-06-08 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", dies of cancer at 68
  • 2011-08-29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • 2011-12-04 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), dies at 80
  • 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)
  • 2013-01-02 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 71
  • 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
  • 2014-03-10 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), dies of heart failure at 67
  • 2014-07-16 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70

Person of interestB.B. King

2015-05-14 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 2015-06-15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • 2016-03-10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • 2017-03-16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81

Person of interestFats Domino

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
Singer
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 from surgery at 78
  • 2018-06-01 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), dies of heart failure at 83
  • 2018-06-15 Matt (Guitar) Murphy, American Blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), dies at 88
  • 2018-09-29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), dies from complications from an earlier stroke at 83
  • 2018-10-24 Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer (Polk Salad Annie), dies at 75
  • 2019-05-30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69

Person of interestBill Withers

2020-03-30 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), dies of heart complications at 81

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers