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Buddy Guy

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Lettsworth LA, United States (1936 – present)

Buddy Guy (born George Guy, July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana) is an American music and music guitarist, as well as a singer. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix and other 1960s and legends, Guy is considered as an important proponent of made famous by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He has influenced both widely known and local guitarists.

Guy is known for his showmanship; for example, he plays with drumsticks and walks into the audience whilst playing, the latter being a gimmick he picked up from a local blues guitarist at an early age (joining or leaping into the audience has also long been common in both American and music, as in the earlier work of Big Jay McNeely or the Dixie Hummingbirds).

Guy grew up in Louisiana where he learned to play guitar. In the early 1950s he began performing with bands in Baton Rouge. Soon after moving to Chicago in 1957, Guy fell under the influence of “Mighty” Muddy Waters. In 1958 he won a record contract with Artistic Records after beating the West Side guitarists Magic Sam and Otis Rush in a “Head Cutting Contest” at the Blue Flame Club. Soon afterwards he recorded for the Cobra label.

In the early 1960s, Guy was a session guitarist for Chess Records. He recorded on Junior Wells sessions for Delmark Records under the pseudonym Friendly Chap in 1965 and 1966.

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