Clifford "Grandpappy" Gibson (April 17,1901-December 21,1963) was a blues singer and guitarist. He is best known for the tracks, "Bad Luck Dice" and "Hard Headed Blues". In 1929 he began recording for the QRS and Victor labels. He is regarded as one of the earliest urban blues performers, with no pronounced rural influences. His guitar playing style resembled that of Lonnie Johnson.
American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984.
Alberta Hunter (April 1,1895 – October 17, 1984) was an blues singer, songwriter, and nurse. Her career had started back in the early 1920s, and from there on, she became a successful jazz and blues recording artist, being critically acclaimed to the ranks of Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith. In the 1950s, she retired from performing and entered the medical field only to successfully resume her singing career in her 80s.
Joseph Lee Williams (October 16, 1903 – December 17, 1982), billed throughout his career as Big Joe Williams, was a Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. Performing over four decades, he recorded such songs as "Baby Please Don't Go", "Crawlin' King Snake" and "Peach Orchard Mama" for a variety of record labels, including Bluebird, Delmark, Okeh, Prestige and Vocalion.
Eddie King (April 21, 1938 – March 14, 2012) was a Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Living Blues once stated "King is a potent singer and player with a raw, gospel-tinged voice and an aggressive, thick-toned guitar sound". He was noted as creating a "straightforward style, after Freddie King and Little Milton".
James Cotton (born July 1, 1935, Tunica, Mississippi a blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who has performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time as well as with his own band, the James Cotton Blues Band.
Aleck "Sonny Boy Williamson" Miller 1912-1965 an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, from Mississippi.He is acknowledged as one of the most charismatic and influential blues musicians, with considerable prowess on the harmonica and highly creative songwriting skills. He recorded successfully in the 1950s and 1960s, and had a direct influence on later blues and rock performers.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington (born December 21, 1943) is a blues singer and guitarist, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. While his roots are in blues music, he blends in the essence of funk and R to create his own unique sound.
Big Bill Broonzy (June 26, 1903 – August 15, 1958) was a prolific blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly black audiences. Through the ‘30s and ‘40s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with working class Black audiences. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century.
Albert Collins (1932-1993) was a electric blues guitarist and singer (and occasional harmonica player) whose recording career began in the 1960s in Houston and whose fame eventually took him to stages across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. He had many nicknames, such as "The Ice Man", "The Master of the Telecaster" and "The Razor Blade". Note the capo on the 9th fret...