Best Review - Top 15 Blues Tributes


hen you think of the blues, you think about misery, betrayal and regret: You lose your job, you get the Blues. Your wife leaves you, you get the Blues. She comes back, you get the Blues. Your dog dies, you get the Blues.

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Quiz: 100 Blues Trivia Questions

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This collection of trivia isn't important to anyone, let alone Blues historians. It is, however, a great way to kill some time and have some fun -- and collect some Squidpoints while you're at it -- so crank it up, turn it on, play the Thorogood video, and enjoy!

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The Blues: Mississippi Fred McDowell

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Although I've been a Blues junkie all my life, I hadn't run across Mississippi Fred McDowell until I discovered one of his LPs on sale in a record shop in a small town on Vancouver Island. The album was "I don't play no rock and roll," and the song, "Baby Please Don't Go."

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The Blues: John Lee Hooker

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The first time I remember hearing John Lee was on Hooker 'n Heat, a double LP released by Canned Heat. Hooker wrote almost all of the songs on the album - all but one, in fact, and the combination of Canned Heat's Blues/Rock sound and Hooker's unique vocal styling proved popular - it was the first of Hooker's LPs to make it to the Billboard charts.

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The Blues: Elmore James

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Elmore James was born Elmore Brooks on January 27, 1918 in Holmes County, Mississippi. He started making music when he was only 12, using a "diddley bow," a string instrument of African origin rarely heard outside the South.

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Motown: The Midnights

The Midnights' website says that the group offers "The very best Motown, soul, and classic R&B favourites, rejuvenated with non-stop verve," and truthfully labels the group "electrifying."

Electrifying is exactly what this group is, and if you get a chance to see them perform, take a tranquilizer, grab your camcorder and GO

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The Blues: Koko Taylor

In common with many legendary Blues artists, Koko Taylor was born in poverty to a sharecropper's family. The year was 1928, the place was Bartlett, Tennessee, not far from Memphis.

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The Blues: Buddy Guy

The legendary Buddy Guy is one of the giants of the blues. His influences were legends, too, which may explain his incredible music. Buddy has worked with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf, on one the hand, and Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones, on the other. There are few notable blues figures that Guy hasn't touched with his music. He was even an influence on Jimi Hendrix.

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The Blues: Big Walter Horton

Big Walter was one of the all-time Blues harp greats. He and Little Walter defined modern amplified Chicago-style Blues harmonica.

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The Blues: Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon's life and work was a milestone in the progress of the Blues from an accidental creation of the descendants of freed slaves to a recognized and vital part of America's musical heritage. Dixon was one of the first professional blues songwriters to benefit in a serious, material way from his work. (Most Black musicians were fleeced by their agents and recording companies.)

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The Blues: Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters was the Father of Chicago Blues. According to Wikipedia, "Muddy was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time," but that doesn't begin to address his influence on Chicago's electric Blues.

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The Blues: Hound Dog Taylor

Taylor was born in Mississippi in 1915 or 1917, depending upon who you ask, in honor of the 26th President of the United States He became a full-time musician around 1957 (my Junior year in high school), but was unknown outside of the Chicago area, where he played in small clubs in the Black neighborhoods, and the Maxwell Street Market. He had that experience in common with many Chicago Blues legends, including Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf. It can fairly be said that Rock and Roll was born in the Maxwell Street Market. The last Blues performances on Maxwell Street occurred at the end of the last century.

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The Blues: Howlin' Wolf

Chester Arthur " Howlin' Wolf' Burnett was born on June 10, 1910, He was an influential American Blues singer, guitarist and harp player.
His booming voice and looming physical presence (6 feet, 6 inches tall and close to 300 pounds!) ranks him among the legendary performers in electric Blues.

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The Blues: Big Mama Thornton

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (December 11, 1926 - July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record the hit song "Hound Dog" in 1952, by 1953, it had become a monster hit that sat atop Billboard's R&B Chart for 7 weeks.

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Luther Allison, The New King Of The Blues

Luther Allison was an American Blues musician, born in Arkansas. His family moved to Chicago in 1951, and that led inexorably to the Blues. His guitar skills were self-taught, and reflect the fact that he spent most of his time listening to the Blues and only the Blues.

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The Originator - Bo Diddley

In common with other legendary Chicago Blues performers, Bo Diddley influenced a host of acts including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Who, The Clash, The Yardbirds, and Eric Clapton.

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jimformation's picture

My favourite is still Stevie

My favourite is still Stevie Ray Vaughn. Just awesome

kmcvay's picture

Stevie played a wicked

Stevie played a wicked guitar, that's certain. I wonder if he was a Buddy Guy fan.

james's picture

Blues, I think of Blues Harp,

Blues, I think of Blues Harp, the diatonic harmonica.. Because I'm a chromatic harmonica player, so the blues for me is the music best played on diatonic harmonica, because of the note bending and overall sound expression which is easier to achieve on Blues Harp than on Chromatic Harmonica..
I'm not particularly fond of this music style, but it's ok.

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What do you think about

What do you think about Little Walter and Big Walter Horton?