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African American Studies Critical Guide to OHAM: Blues

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Blues

OHAM holds interviews with renowned blues musicians from John Lee Hooker to Hound Dog Taylor to Big Mama Thornton. Many of these blues greats worked across genres throughout their careers. For example, A number of the singers in Duke Ellington’s band often incorporated blues elements into their vocals, though they are primarily remembered as jazz singers. Big Mama Thornton, for instance, is largely remembered as an R&B innovator—a result not only of her band’s sound but the broad commercial appeal of her music combined with the re-categorizations of genre initiated by the popular music industry of the 1950s and 1960s.

Allison, Luther
Bell, Carey
Below Jr., Fred
Benton, Buster 
Bishop, Elvin 
Brooks, Lonnie 
Brown, Clarence “Gatemouth”
Cotton, James 
Dawkins, Jimmy
Diddley, Bo
Dixon, Willie 

Dr. John



 

Edwards, Honeyboy
Elliott, Lu
​Estes, Sleepy John

Guy, Buddy

Guy, Phil

Harvey, Ted
Hooker, John Lee
Hutto, J.B.

Iglauer, Bruce
Jeffreys, Garland

Joe (of Joe’s Place)
Johnson, Kennard
Johnson, Luther

 

King, Freddie
Koester, Robert

Lawhorn, Sammy
Leake, Lafayette
 
Littlejohn, John 

Lockwood Jr., Robert

McGhee, Brownie
Montgomery, Little Brother
Murphy, Matt
Myers, Dave
Myers, Louis
Nixon, Hammie
 
Parker, Dan
Perkins, Pinetop

Phillips, Esther

ReedA.C.
Riedy, Bob

Roché, Betty

Seals, Son
Sharif, Little Beau
Shaw, Eddie
 
Shines, Johnny
Slim, Sunnyland

Smith, George

Smith, Little Willie
Sykes, Roosevelt
Taylor, Hound Dog
Taylor, Koko 
 
Terry, Sonny
Thornton, Big Mama
 

Tucker, Luther

Vinson, Eddie
Waterman, Richard
Waters, Ethel
Waters, Muddy

Wallace, Sippie
Wells, Junior 

Young, Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Blues

Bell, Carey
Below Jr., Fred
Benton, Buster
Dawkins, Jimmy
Detroit Jr.
Dixon, Willie
Guy, Buddy
Johnson, Luther
Lawhorn, Sammy
Leake, Lafayette
Littlejohn, John

Reed, A.C.
Shaw, Eddie
Slim, Sunnyland
Taylor, Hound Dog
Taylor, Koko
Tucker, Luther
Waters, Muddy
Wells, Junior
Young, Joe

Last updated 1/13/2020

Delta Blues

Edwards, Honeyboy
Hooker, John Lee
Lockwood Jr., Robert
Slim, Sunnyland

                                                                Last updated 1/13/2020