Blues Music in History (Part 2)

Blues: Ragtime

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 431

  • 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, American blues singer and guitarist (Five Blazes), born in Athens, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 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) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • 1916-01-07 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), born in Forkland, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1916-02-10 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1916-07-09 Joe Liggins {Theodro Elliott], American jazz, R&B, and jump blues pianist, songwriter, and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"; "Pink Champagne'), born in Seminole, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1917-01-25 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1917-03-12 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), born in Motal, Poland (now Belarus) (d. 1969)
  • 1917-04-06 "Big" Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player ("Everybody's Fishin'"), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)

Ella Fitzgerald

1917-04-25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996) [1]

  • 1917-05-28 "Papa" John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna; Jefferson Airplane), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1917-07-27 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917-08-22 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist ("Boogie Chillen"'; "Boom Boom"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1917-12-18 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1918-03-23 (Granville) "Stick" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1961)
  • 1918-05-05 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1918-12-12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1918-12-19 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American boogie-woogie, New Orleans R&B, and mambo pianist and singer ("Tipitina": "Go To The Mardis Gras"), born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1919-08-13 (Robert) "Baby Boy" Warren, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Lake Providence, Louisiana (d. 1977)
  • 1919-12-22 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), born in Mississippi (d. 1954) [some sources cite year of birth as 1901, and some 1910]
  • 1920-02-27 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 Jimmy Witherspoon, American jump blues singer ("Ain't Nobody's Business"), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1920-11-20 Pernell Charity, American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Waverly, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1921-03-31 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), born in Atoka, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1921-04-06 "Big" Walter [Horton], American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)
  • 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)
  • 1923-03-03 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, born in Deep Gap, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 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, jazz, and rock piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1924-08-29 Dinah Washington [Ruth Lee Jones], American jazz, blues, pop, and R&B singer ("What a Diff'rence a Day Makes": "September In The Rain"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 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"; "His Latest Flame"; "Viva Las Vegas"), 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)

B.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)

  • 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)
  • 1927-06-27 Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, American electric and Chicago blues pianist, organist, and bass guitar player (Muddy Waters; Junior Wells; Elmore James), born in Stoneville, Mississippi (d. 1999)
  • 1927-09-08 Harmonica Fats [Harvey Blackston], American blues session and touring harmonica player ("Tore Up"), born in McDade, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 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)

Fats Domino

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

  • 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)
  • 1929-07-18 (Jalacy) "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, American blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("I Put a Spell On You"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 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)
  • 1930-11-03 Mable John, American blues, R&B, and gospel vocalist (Tamla-Motown; Ray Charles; "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)"), and minister, born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 2022)
  • 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)
  • 1932-03-22 Leo "Bud" Welch, American gospel and Delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("You Can't Hurry God"; "Cadillac Baby"), born in Sabougla, Mississippi (d. 2017)
  • 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, American blues singer
  • 1932-06-07 (Harold) "Tina" Brooks, American hard-bop jazz saxophonist, and composer ("True Blue"), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1932-07-19 Arley "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)
  • 1933-01-18 Vernon Garrett, American soul and blues singer ("I'm at the Crossroad"; "Without You"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 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)
  • 1934-02-07 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2003)d.

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 292

  • 1985-09-06 Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery, American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist, singer, and composer ("Crescent City Blues"), dies at 79
  • 1985-09-15 (Charles) "Cootie" Williams, American jazz, jump-blues, and R&B trumpeter (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1929-40 & 1962-74), dies of kidney problems at 74
  • 1985-11-24 "Big" Joe Turner, American blues and R&B singer ("Shake, Rattle and Roll"), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1986-03-11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1986-11-01 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer ("Women Be Wise") dies on her 88th birthday
  • 1987-05-04 Paul Butterfield, American blues singer and harmonica player (Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Better Days), dies of drug abuse at 44
  • 1987-07-26 Joe Liggins {Theodro Elliott], American jazz, R&B, and jump blues pianist, songwriter, and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"; "Pink Champagne'), dies after a stroke at 71
  • 1988-02-24 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • 1988-07-02 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1988-08-14 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, takes his own life after being arrested for public drunkenness at 48
  • 1988-10-19 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • 1989-12-01 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • 1990-03-18 Robin Harris, American comedian and actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1990-06-11 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter ("Sugar Blues"; the wah-wah sound), bandleader and co-founder of "Down Beat" magazin, dies at 86
  • 1990-08-22 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), dies at 66
  • 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
  • 1992-01-04 Teddy Grace [Stella Crowson], American jazz and blues singer, dies at 86 [1]
  • 1992-01-21 (William Thomas) "Champion Jack" Dupree, American boxer, blues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer-songwriter (Walkin' The Blues), and WWII P.O.W., dies of cancer at 81
  • 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
  • 1993-01-01 "Georgia" Tom [Dorsey], American blues and gospel pianist, songwriter ("Peace In The Valley"), and evangelist, dies at 93
  • 1993-01-06 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1993-03-04 Art Hodes, Ukrainian-born American jazz, blues pianist and editor (Jazz Record), dies at 88
  • 1993-03-19 Karen Dalton (née Cariker); American country blues and folk singer, guitarist, and banjo player (In My Own Time). dies of AIDS related complications at 55
  • 1993-05-28 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss), dies at 67
  • 1993-06-13 John Campbell, American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 41
  • 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, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 82
  • 1994-01-30 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, American blues singer ("Sittin' Here Cryin'"), 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, American blues piano player, singer, and songwriter ("Five Long Years"), 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
  • 1994-11-18 Cab Calloway, American singer, bandleader ("Minnie the Moocher"; "The Jumpin' Jive"), writer, radio host, and actor (The Blues Brothers), dies at 86
  • 1994-12-24 Buddy Ace, [Jimmie Lee Land] American Texas blues singer, dies of a heart attack while performing 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, American St. Louis blues guitarist and singer, dies at 69
  • 1995-03-17 Sunnyland Slim, American jazz, blues singer and 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
  • 1995-07-03 Brad Lee Sexton, American blues-rock bassist (Little Charlie & the Nightcats. 1990-93), dies at 47
  • 1995-07-22 Dave Clark, American blues music promoter, and songwriter ("Why I Sing The Blues"), dies at 86
  • 1995-07-23 Floyd McDaniel, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1995-08-01 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1995-08-15 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1995-08-15 Jesse Thomas 'Babyface', American blues singer, dies at 84
  • 1995-09-19 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, American blues singer, dies at 63
  • 1995-09-21 Vernell Townsend, American blues and 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 Arley "Buster" Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1996-02-03 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1996-02-13 Daniel Womack, American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player, dies at 91
  • 1996-02-16 (Walter) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and 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

Ella 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 [1]

  • 1996-11-11 Jo Baker, American blues-rock vocalist (Elvin Bishop), dies of liver disease at 48
  • 1996-12-27 Johnny Heartsman [Eastman], American R&B, soul and electric blues session musician and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 60
  • 1997-02-09 L.F. "Jack" Owen, American blues singer and guitarist ("It Must've Been The Devil"), dies at 92
  • 1997-05-23 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, dies at 88
  • 1997-08-12 Luther Allison, American blues and session guitarist (Howlin' Wolf; James Cotton), dies of lung and brain 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 and 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 [Kenneth Norville], 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
  • 1999-11-27 Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, American electric and Chicago blues pianist, organist, and bass guitar player (Muddy Waters; Junior Wells; Elmore James), dies at 72
  • 2000-01-03 Harmonica Fats [Harvey Blackston], American blues session and touring harmonica player ("Tore Up"), dies at 72
  • 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 ("Boom Boom"; "Boogie Chillen"), dies at 83