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Buddy Guy Birthday blues blog

I’ve never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that’s why I go on doing it – I like to see everybody smile.
– Buddy Guy –

Buddy Guy 77 years

Young dogs grow old! Buddy Guy the famous bluesguitar master has become 77 years today. To honor this legend A Black Bull Blues blues blog for buddy. What I like about the Chicago representative is the youth in his voice and music. In contrast to Muddy Waters or Howlin’Wolf with whom Buddy played together since the fifties is that buddy always kept a kind of youth in his voice. For exemple Slop Around or First time I Met The Blues.

Legendary BluesGuitarist

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

Super Blues Band

Buddy Guy Blues blog Chicago
Buddy Guy in 1998

My father once gave me a blues record super blues band. It contains music of Muddy Waters, Howlin´ Wolf and Bo Diddley. He Told me the guy that plays Bass is also very good. I didn´t knew who Willy dixon was, but it wasn´t Willy it was Buddy Guy. Buddy Guy did not play bass on every track, but i´ve been told that on some songs buddy grabbed that bassguitar.

Buddy Guy Chicago Blues Guitar

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.

Religious experience

Another story ´bout buddy. A friend wen´t to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Quitte funny thing most times. But that particular year it was buddy who made the show. Buddy Was fantastic, walk through the audience, let ecerybody rock and made impression with his guitar style. How my friend discribed it “ A religious experience”.

Why did they keep changing guitars and amplifiers when they were perfect? They did the same things with cars, if you ask me. They forgot how to make them right, because they focused on style and bells and whistles.
– Buddy Guy –


 

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Howlin’ Wolf | Big Man Blues

“I couldn’t do no yodelin’, so I turned to howlin’. And it’s done me just fine.”
– Howlin’ Wolf –

Howlin’  Wolf is the biggest bigman of the blues, and that is what you hear in songs like Smokestack Lightning. He is the Shaquille O’neal of the blues, and while listening to the song 300 pound (of a heavily Joy) you understand how Wolf dominated the bluesscene for over fourty years. this is the Howlin’ Wolf Big Man Blues blog.

Howlin’ Wolf in Memphis

Photographer-Doug Fulton Howlin'_Wolf_1972
Photographer-Doug Fulton Howlin’_Wolf_1972

Howlin’ Wolf made fame in Memphis at Sun Records, I always forget the Big Man recorded for Sun, he made some great songs like How Many More Years and Well That’s Allright in that period. a few years later  Wolf went to Chicago  where he released the album Howlin’ Wolf Rockin’ Chair In 1962It is a great album, with an artistic cover. It contains songs like Wang Dang Doodle”, “Goin’ Down Slow”, “Spoonful”, and “Little Red Rooster.

London Sessions

With the London Sessions, a more groovy album Wolf plays his songs with some of the  British bluesmasters like Eric Clapon, Ian Stewart and Bill Wyman. After the release of this album Howlin’ Wolf became widly succesfull in the United Kingdom. Fellow artists like Sonny Boy Williamson and John Lee Hooker had already proved to be succesfull in Europa. Wolf would be Next.

Everybody is familiar with the arguments between muddy and Wolf:

“I don’t have anything to say about the guy [Muddy Waters], you know. Treat me all right. But I can this: they are jealous hearted, you know. Are jealous hearted musicians, you know. See, if you can’t do like your songs, get kinda jealous of you. Like you, like they think you better than them and all that, but I don’t fool with those kind of peoples, you know. I ain’t got the time.” – Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf Big Man Blues

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