Blues Music in History (Part 2)

Blues: Blues Artists

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 350

  • 1920-02-27 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1920-05-11 Beryl Bryden, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 1998)
  • 1920-08-08 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1921-03-31 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), born in Atoka, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-23 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • 1922-09-13 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (Merry Christmas Baby), born in Texas City, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1923-03-04 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1923-04-25 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer ("Born Under A Bad Sign"; "That's What The Blues Is About"), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1924-01-11 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), born in Lobdell, Louisiana (d. 1970)
  • 1924-02-02 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1924-03-02 Alexander "Papa" Lightfoot, American blues singer and harmonica player, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1924-03-21 Otis Spann, American blues pianist and singer (The Blues Never Die!), born in Belzoni, Mississippi [or, perhaps, 1930 in Jackson, Mississippi] (d. 1970)
  • 1924-03-24 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 1924-04-18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer ("Mary Is Fine"), born in Vinton, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1924-06-03 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), born in Ruleville, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • 1924-07-08 Johnnie Johnson, American blues and jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1925-03-02 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1925-06-18 Herman "Ace" Wallace, American blues guitarist and singer, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1925-06-25 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1925-06-27 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the Last Dance for Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1925-09-06 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), born in Dunleith, Mississippi (d. 1976)

Person of interestB.B. King

1925-09-16 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi (d. 2015)

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1925-10-12 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • 1925-10-21 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (The Harmonica Boss), born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1993)
  • 1926-03-27 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers - "Dragnet Blues"; The Shields - "You Cheated"), born in Blythe, California (d. 2009)
  • 1926-08-17 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • 1926-11-23 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 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 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt), born in Ariton, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1927-03-18 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born near Pleasant Grove, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1927-09-27 "Earring" George Mayweather, American blues Harmonica Player, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1927-10-08 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)

Person of interestFats Domino

1928-02-26 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • 1928-04-19 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc - "Bootleg Him"), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • 1928-08-16 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • 1928-09-28 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1928-11-25 James "Jimmy" Johnson, American gospel and blues singer and guitarist, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • 1928-12-12 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1929-01-22 (Elijah) Doug Quattlebaum, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter (Softee Man Blues), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1929-03-05 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • 1929-09-18 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, born in Byhalia, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1929-11-11 (Dolores) LaVern Baker [Evans], American blues vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1929-12-29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1930-01-10 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, American blues singer, born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1930-01-15 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), born in Quitman County, Mississippi (d. 1970)
  • 1930-01-27 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
  • 1930-03-12 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2011)
  • 1930-03-19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 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)
  • 1931-03-30 Harold Burrage, American blues and jazz singer, and pianist (Hi Yo Silver), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-04-16 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), born in Lake, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1931-11-16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1932-01-25 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), born in Union Church, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • 1932-01-31 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), born in Comber, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1932-03-23 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 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, American blues guitarist (Ice Pickin'; Don't Lose Your Cool; Showdown!), born in Leona, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1933-11-10 Bobby Rush, American Blues musician, composer and singer (Rawer than Raw), born in Homer, Louisiana
  • 1933-11-29 John Mayall, British blues musician (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers), born in Macclesfield, England
  • 1933-12-14 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1933-12-29 "Prez" Kenneth [Kidd], American blues singer and bass guitarist ("Devil Dealing"), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • 1934-12-21 Harmonica Slim [Travis Blaylock], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter ("You Better Believe It"), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1934-12-25 McKinley Mitchell, American gospel, blues, and R&B singer ("The Town I Live In"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 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)
  • 1936-01-14 Clarence Carter, American blues singer-songwriter ("Patches"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1936-01-20 Luther Tucker, American blues guitarist, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1936-07-30 Buddy [George] Guy, American blues guitarist (Stone Crazy), born in Lettsworth, Louisiana
  • 1936-09-05 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1936-09-19 [Charles Eugene] Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 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)
  • 1937-01-21 (Fird) "Snooks" Eaglin, American blues and R&B guitarist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)
  • 1937-02-11 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), born in Welsh, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1937-02-14 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), born in Granada County, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 1937-04-29 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1993)
  • 1937-11-11 Buddy Ace [Jimmie Lee Land], American Texas blues singer, born in Jasper, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1938-02-04 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • 1938-05-21 (Henry) Lee "Shot" Williams, American blues singer ("I Like Your Style"), born in Mississippi (d. 2011)

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
  • 1938-10-03 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • 1939-04-04 Danny Thompson, English multi-instrumentalist (Blues Incorporated), born in Teignmouth, England

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 238

  • 1991-01-04 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1991-03-14 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the 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 and guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1992-06-09 Clarence Miller, American blues and jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • 1992-12-21 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 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
  • 1993-05-28 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss), dies at 67
  • 1993-09-07 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, dies of esophageal cancer at 56
  • 1993-11-24 Albert Collins, American blues guitarist (Ice Pickin'; Don't Lose Your Cool; Showdown!), dies of cancer 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
  • 1994-02-01 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), dies of renal failure at 62
  • 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, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1994-02-27 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 89
  • 1994-03-06 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, dies at 77
  • 1994-04-12 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • 1994-04-19 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1994-05-06 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1994-07-09 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, dies at 57
  • 1994-07-13 Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, dies at 79
  • 1994-09-04 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 64
  • 1994-10-01 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1994-12-24 Buddy Ace, American Texas blues singer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1995-01-03 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • 1995-02-03 Turner Fodrell, American blues and folk singer, and guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1995-02-12 Earring George Mayweather, American blues harmonica player, dies of liver cancer at 66
  • 1995-02-18 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), dies of lymphoma at 51
  • 1995-02-18 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 1995-02-26 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), dies at 71
  • 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 [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer & guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1995-06-27 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1995-07-23 Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1995-08-01 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1995-08-13 Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84
  • 1995-08-15 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 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 Lawrence "Booker T." Laury, American boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer, 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
  • 1996-03-01 (Elijah) Doug Quattlebaum, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter (Softee Man Blues), dies at 67
  • 1996-04-02 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • 1996-04-03 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

1996-06-15 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), dies from a stroke at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1996-11-11 Jo Baker, American blues-rock vocalist (Elvin Bishop), dies of liver disease at 48
  • 1997-05-23 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, dies at 88
  • 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
  • 1999-03-07 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), dies at 77
  • 1999-04-06 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues; Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • 1999-08-20 Bobby Sheehan, American bassist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 2001-04-03 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • 2001-06-21 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), dies at 83
  • 2002-01-11 [Charles Eugene] Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 65
  • 2002-11-28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • 2003-04-17 Earl King, American R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69
  • 2004-05-15 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • 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
  • 2005-03-22 Rod Price, British rock and blues guitar and slide guitar player (Foghat, 1971-80 - "Slow Ride"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2005-04-13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies of 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
  • 2005-11-20 Chris Whitley, American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 45
  • 2006-09-23 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • 2006-11-21 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • 2006-12-13 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), dies at 96 [or 101, or 92 - date of birth disputed]

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)
  • 2008-03-10 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer dies at 65
  • 2008-04-25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), dies at 86
  • 2008-04-29 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • 2008-07-03 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of cancer at 69 [1]
  • 2009-02-01 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers -"Dragnet Blues"; The Shields -"You Cheated"), dies at 82
  • 2009-02-18 (Fird) "Snooks" Eaglin, American blues and R&B guitarist and singer, dies at 72
  • 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

Famous Jazz Musicians