Guess Who This Is

76 Persons in the Blues Hall of Fame:

Albert King

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Nelson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Laundromat Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1983. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 2010. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2013. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6370 Delmar Boulevard.

Allen Toussaint

Real/Birth Name:
Allen Toussaint
Also Known As:
Al Tousan
Allen Orange
Naomi Neville
Clarence Toussaint
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Songs Fortune Teller, Sweet Touch of Love. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. National Medal of Arts 2013. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1998. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2011. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. Blues Hall of Fame 2012.

B.B. King

Real/Birth Name:
Riley B. King
Also Known As:
B B King
BB King
Nickname(s):
King of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Album King of the Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 1995. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2006. National Medal of Arts 1990. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2008. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 21 August 1990.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Bessie Smith

Real/Birth Name:
Bessie Smith
Nickname(s):
Empress of the Blues
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Down Hearted Blues, St. Louis Blues with Louis Armstrong. Died of injuries in a car accident. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1989. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1967. National Women's Hall of Fame 1984. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2008.

Big Bill Broonzy

Real/Birth Name:
William Lee Conley Broonzy
Nickname(s):
Big Bill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A pioneer of the Chicago blues style. Song Key to the Highway. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Big Joe Turner

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Vernon Turner Jr.
Nickname(s):
Big Joe
Boss of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Corrina, Corrina, Shake, Rattle and Roll. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1983.

Big Maceo

Real/Birth Name:
Major Merriweather
Also Known As:
Big Maceo Merriweather
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Kid Man Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 2002.

Big Mama Thornton

Real/Birth Name:
Willie Mae Thornton
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Hound Dog recorded 4 years before Elvis Presley recorded it. Songs Wade in the Water, Ball 'n' Chain. Blues Hall of Fame 1984.

Billie Holiday

Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Blues Hall of Fame 1991. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1961. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 2011. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1540 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 7 April 1986.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Real/Birth Name:
Lemon Henry Jefferson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues singer and guitarist. Songs See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, Matchbox Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Blind Willie McTell

Real/Birth Name:
William Samuel McTell
Also Known As:
Blind Sammie
Georgia Bill
Red Hot Willie Glaze
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blind. 12 string guitar. Blues Hall of Fame 1981. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1990. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Bo Diddley

Real/Birth Name:
Ellas Otha Bates
Also Known As:
Ellas Bates McDaniel
Nickname(s):
The Originator
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birth name Ellas Otha Bates. Later, adopted by mother's cousin, took name McDaniel. Song Hey Bo Diddley. Known for his homemade rectangular-shaped guitar and his signature rhythm beat. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 2004. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2010. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Bobby Bland

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Calvin Bland
Also Known As:
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Blue Bland
Nickname(s):
Blue
The Lion of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Vocalist and harmonica performer. Mixed gospel with blues and R&B. Songs Ain't Nothing You Can Do, Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City. Blues Hall of Fame 1981. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012.

Bonnie Raitt

Real/Birth Name:
Bonnie Lynn Raitt
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68, 16 days before her 69th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Song I Can't Make You Love Me. Guitar Center RockWalk 1996. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2001. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Blues Hall of Fame 2010. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1750 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 19 March 2002.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Buddy Guy

Real/Birth Name:
George Guy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Albums Stone Crazy!, Damn Right, I've Got the Blues. Owner of Chicago club Buddy Guy's Legends. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2005. Blues Hall of Fame 1985. Guitar Center RockWalk 1995. National Medal of Arts 2003. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 2012. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2014. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Bukka White

Real/Birth Name:
Booker T. Washington White
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Album The Complete Bukka White. Name is based on his real name Booker. Blues Hall of Fame 1990. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Chuck Berry

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock and Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Created the Rock and Roll style for guitar playing. Also the "duck walk". Songs Johnny B. Goode, Nadine, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music, Maybellene. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1985. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1986. Kennedy Center Honors 2000. Guitar Center RockWalk 1986. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1777 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 8 October 1987.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6504 Delmar Boulevard.

Cosimo Matassa

Real/Birth Name:
Cosimo Vincent Matassa
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Recording engineer and studio owner, early rock and roll. Blues Hall of Fame 2013. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012.

Dinah Washington

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Lee Jones
Nickname(s):
Queen of the Blues
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Dick Lane by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Song What a Diff'rence a Day Makes. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2003. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1991. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2012.

Dr. John

Real/Birth Name:
Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.
Also Known As:
Mac Rebennack
Dr. John the Night Tripper
Dr. John Creaux
Nickname(s):
Mac
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 29 days before his 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Albums Gris Gris, In the Right Place. Movies Lightning in a Bottle, Blues Brothers 2000. Pianist. Blues Hall of Fame 2007. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Elmore James

Real/Birth Name:
Elmore Brooks
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Postwar urban blues, responsible for slide-guitar styles that shaped rock. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame 1992. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Eric Clapton

Real/Birth Name:
Eric Patrick Clapp
Nickname(s):
Slowhand
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Pattie Boyd by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Member rock band Cream. Song Layla. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 2003 New Year Honors list. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2001. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2010. London Avenue of Stars. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Guitar Center RockWalk 2004 as a member of Cream.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993 as a member of Cream.

Etta James

Real/Birth Name:
Jamesetta Hawkins
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 5 days before her 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs At Last, Dance with Me, Henry. The latter is a variant of song Work with Me, Annie by Hank Ballard. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2001. Grammy Hall of Fame 1993. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 18 April 2003.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Fats Domino

Real/Birth Name:
Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Height 5' 5". Songs Blueberry Hill, I'm in the Mood for Love, I'm Walkin', Ain't That a Shame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 2003. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1998. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. National Medal of Arts 1998. Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6616 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Freddie King

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Christian
Also Known As:
Freddy King
Nickname(s):
The Texas Cannonball
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. A major influence on rock guitarists, especially British. Blues Hall of Fame 1982. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Furry Lewis

Real/Birth Name:
Walter E. Lewis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Memphis. Used a bottle neck across the guitar strings. Lost a leg in a railroad accident in 1917. Song A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird. Blues Hall of Fame 2012. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2014.

Gatemouth Brown

Real/Birth Name:
Clarence Brown
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Alright Again!. Blues Hall of Fame 1999. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Guitar Slim

Real/Birth Name:
Eddie Jones
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album and song Things That I Used to Do fusion of gospel and blues. Died of pneumonia. Blues Hall of Fame 2007. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Honeyboy Edwards

Real/Birth Name:
David Edwards
Also Known As:
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Mr. Honey
Nickname(s):
Honeyboy
Honey Boy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Wind Howlin' Blues, The Army Blues, Long Tall Woman Blues, Gamblin Man, Just Like Jesse James. Received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on January 31, 2010. Blues Hall of Fame 1996. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

Hound Dog Taylor

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Roosevelt Taylor
Nickname(s):
Hound Dog
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues singer and guitarist. Born 1915 (or 1917.) Blues Hall of Fame 1984. He had a small sixth finger on each hand, but amputated the extra finger from his right hand with a razor blade while drunk. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Howlin' Wolf

Real/Birth Name:
Chester Arthur Burnett
Also Known As:
Howlin Wolf
Nickname(s):
Big Foot
Bull Cow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues guitar and harmonica. Album Howlin' Wolf in 1962. Album The London Sessions featuring Eric Clapton plus Ringo Starr and others in backup. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame 1991. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Ike Turner

Real/Birth Name:
Ike Wister Turner
Also Known As:
Izear Luster Turner Jr.
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Tina Turner by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

Group Ike & Tina Turner. Songs It's Gonna Work Out Fine, River Deep - Mountain High, I Want to Take You Higher, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits. Death ruled a drug overdose on cocaine. Blues Hall of Fame 2005. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 2005. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991 as a member of Ike & Tina Turner.
St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6659 Delmar Boulevard.

Jay McShann

Real/Birth Name:
James Columbus McShann
Nickname(s):
Hootie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band The Jay McShann Orchestra. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Blues Hall of Fame 1988. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 1998.

Jimmie Rodgers

Real/Birth Name:
James Charles Rodgers
Nickname(s):
The Singing Brakeman
The Blue Yodeler
The Father of Country Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Known for his yodelling style. Songs Blue Yodel, In the Jailhouse Now. Died of tuberculosis. Country Music Hall of Fame 1961. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Blues Hall of Fame 2013.

Jimmy Reed

Real/Birth Name:
Mathias James Reed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50, 8 days before his 51st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mississippi blues star. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame 1991. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Rogers

Real/Birth Name:
James Blake Rogers
Nickname(s):
Jim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
younger brother of
Younger than Will Rogers Jr. by 3 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Movie Prairie Chickens. Blues Hall of Fame 1995.

John Hammond

Real/Birth Name:
John Paul Hammond
Also Known As:
John P. Hammond
John Hammond Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75, 21 days before his 76th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues vocalist and guitarist. Son of producer
John H. Hammond
. Blues Hall of Fame 2011. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986.

John Lee Hooker

Real/Birth Name:
John Lee Hooker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birth year may be 1912. Songs Boogie Chillen', Crawling King Snake, Dimples, Boom Boom, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Im in the Mood. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2016. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 11 September 1997.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Johnny Otis

Real/Birth Name:
Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes
Also Known As:
John Veliotis
Johnny Otis Show
Nickname(s):
Godfather of Rhythm and Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 20 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Greek ancestry. Book Listen to the Lambs. Songs Willie and the Hand Jive, Harlem Nocturne, Every Beat of My Heart, Double Crossing Blues. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994. Blues Hall of Fame 2000. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Johnny Winter

Real/Birth Name:
John Dawson Winter III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Produced albums featuring Muddy Waters. Blues Hall of Fame 1988. Guitar Center RockWalk 1998. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Junior Wells

Real/Birth Name:
Amos Wells Blackmore Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Harmonica. Songs Hoodoo Man, Messin' with the Kid. Blues Hall of Fame 1998.

Koko Taylor

Real/Birth Name:
Cora Walton
Also Known As:
KoKo Taylor
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Royal Blue. Songs Wang Dang Doodle, What Kind of Man is This, I Got What It Takes. Blues Hall of Fame 1997.

Lead Belly

Real/Birth Name:
Huddie William Ledbetter
Also Known As:
Leadbelly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Rock Island Line, Cotton Fields, The Midnight Special, Goodnight, Irene which became a folk hit for the group The Weavers. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988. Blues Hall of Fame 1986. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1980. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Lightnin' Hopkins

Real/Birth Name:
Sam Hopkins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Houston, Texas. Often singing on the streets. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Little Richard

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Wayne Penniman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Music City Walk of Fame 2008. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2003. Guitar Center RockWalk 1990. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1984. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Little Walter

Real/Birth Name:
Marion Walter Jacobs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues harmonica player with revolutionary technique. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2008. Also singer and guitarist. Album The Essential Little Walter. Song Juke. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Lonnie Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Alonzo Johnson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar and violin. Died months after a car struck him. Blues Hall of Fame 1990. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2010. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Louis Jordan

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Thomas Jordan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1998. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1998. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Ma Rainey

Real/Birth Name:
Gertrude Pridgett
Nickname(s):
Mother of the Blues
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs C.C. Rider, Jelly Bean Blues, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Arrested for indecency - a party with naked women. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. Blues Hall of Fame 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1992.

Magic Sam

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Gene Maghett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died of a heart attack. Blues Hall of Fame 1982. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Magic Slim

Real/Birth Name:
Morris Holt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Magic Slim and the Teardrops. Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Matt "Guitar" Murphy

Real/Birth Name:
Matthew Tyler Murphy
Also Known As:
Matt Murphy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Bands The Blues Brothers, Howlin' Wolf. Blues Hall of Fame 2012. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Memphis Minnie

Real/Birth Name:
Lizzie Douglas
Also Known As:
Minnie Lawlars
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Kansas Joe McCoy by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs Bumble Bee, Me and My Chauffeur Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012.

Memphis Slim

Real/Birth Name:
John Len Chatman
Also Known As:
Peter Chatman
Nickname(s):
Peter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Song Every Day I Have the Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1989.

Muddy Waters

Real/Birth Name:
McKinley Morganfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70, 26 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 2005. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1992. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015.

Paul Butterfield

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Vaughn Butterfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead vocals, band The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Heroin overdose. Blues Hall of Fame 2006. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Peetie Wheatstraw

Real/Birth Name:
William Bunch
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues singer and pianist. Blues Hall of Fame 2008. Died in a car accident after car hit a standing freight train.

Pinetop Perkins

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Willie Perkins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Album After Hours. Blues Hall of Fame 2003. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

Professor Longhair

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Roeland Byrd
Nickname(s):
Roy
Fess
The Picasso of Keyboard Funk
The Bach of Rock
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

New Orleans piano player. Song Stag-O-Lee. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992. Blues Hall of Fame 1981. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Ray Charles

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Charles Robinson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie The Blues Brothers. Songs Hit the Road, Jack, Georgia on My Mind, I Got a Woman, Unchain My Heart, Born to Lose, Route 66. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1982. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1993. Kennedy Center Honors 1986. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1979. National Medal of Arts 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 6 October 1981.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Robert Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Leroy Johnson
Also Known As:
R. L. Spencer
Robert Spencer
Robert Lonnie Johnson
Nickname(s):
King of the Delta Blues
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Subject of the movie Crossroads. Song Terraplane Blues. Poisoned. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 1999. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Ruth Brown

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Alston Weston
Nickname(s):
Miss Rhythm
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

Movie Hairspray (1988). Won a Tony Award for her part in the Broadway revue Black and Blue. Song So Long. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2002. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Sam Phillips

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Cornelius Phillips
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Produced early rock and roll records. Owned hotels and radio stations. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1998. National Radio Hall of Fame 2010. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012.

Sippie Wallace

Real/Birth Name:
Beulah Thomas
Nickname(s):
The Texas Nightingale
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues Hall of Fame 2003. Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1993.

Son House

Real/Birth Name:
Eddie James House Jr.
Nickname(s):
Son
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Songs Walking Blues, Preachin' the Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Son Seals

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Seals
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues guitarist. Song Funky Bitch. Blues Hall of Fame 2009. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Sonny Boy Williamson (more famous)

Real/Birth Name:
Aleck Miller
Also Known As:
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Aleck "Rice" Miller
Rice Miller
Alex Miller
Nickname(s):
Willie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in Helena, Arkansas. Harmonica blues. Songs Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes, Bye Bye Bird. See also Sonny Boy Williamson (original). Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

Sonny Boy Williamson (original)

Real/Birth Name:
John Lee Williamson
Also Known As:
Sonny Boy Williamso
Nickname(s):
The Father of Modern Blues Harp
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Harmonica blues. Record/song Good Morning, School Girl in 1937 was a hit. His stage name widely copied. Killed after a mugging. See also Sonny Boy Williamson (more famous). Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

Sonny Terry

Real/Birth Name:
Saunders Terrell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22

Brief Facts:

Blues Hall of Fame 1987.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Ray Vaughan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Died in a helicopter crash, Songs Texas Flood, The House Is Rockin'. Ranked #7 in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Blues Hall of Fame 2000. Guitar Center RockWalk 1996. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2014 as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2014 as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

Sunnyland Slim

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Luandrew
Also Known As:
Dr. Clayton's Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues pianist. Blues Hall of Fame 1991.

T-Bone Walker

Real/Birth Name:
Aaron Thibeaux Walker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Mean Old World. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2002. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Taj Mahal

Real/Birth Name:
Henry St. Clair Fredericks
Henry Saint Clair Fredericks
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Sountrack for movie Sounder. Album In Progress and in Motion. A noted musicographer studying blues. Blues Hall of Fame 2009.

Tampa Red

Real/Birth Name:
Hudson Woodbridge
Also Known As:
Hudson Whitaker
Nickname(s):
The Guitar Wizard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues guitarist. Took his aunt and grandmother's surname after his parents died when he was a child. Songs It Hurts Me Too, Anna Lou Blues, It's Tight Like That, The Bluebird Beat, Turpentine Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1981. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

W.C. Handy

Real/Birth Name:
William Christopher Handy
Also Known As:
W C Handy
Nickname(s):
Father of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Memphis Blues, Beale St Blues, St. Louis Blues. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1983. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1987. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Blues Hall of Fame 2010. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012.

Willie Dixon

Real/Birth Name:
William James Dixon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Imprisoned as a conscientious objector. Won Illinois Golden Gloves. Songs I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man, You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover recorded by others. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2015.
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