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Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band

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Junior Wells (born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), was an American, Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist. Wells was best known for his performances and recordings with Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and Earl Hooker and also performed with Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, and Van Morrison.

Hoodoo Man Blues is the 1965 debut album of Junior Wells, performing with the Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band, an early collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist Buddy Guy. Released on LP by Delmark Records, the album has been subsequently reissued on CD and LP by Delmark and Analogue Productions.

The album of Chicago blues music was solicited by Bob Koester, the founder of Delmark Records, who liked Wells’ music enough to give the musician considerable freedom on the album in spite of concerns of commercial response. The resultant innovative album became Delmark’s best seller, establishing Wells’ career and receiving critical acclaim as being among the best albums Wells ever produced and even among the greatest blues albums ever made.

Record producer Bob Koester, the founder of Delmark Records who is credited with discovering Wells along with producer Sam Charters, recalls that at the time he was considering releasing an album by Wells, he was anxious about both the audience for Wells’ music and the expense of studio time and sidemen, but that he liked the music too much to resist. Wells was given the liberty to select his own sidemen and track list, without the usual limitation of songs two or three minutes long, and the album that resulted became Delmark’s then best-seller, a distinction that had not been surpassed as of 2003.

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