Elmore James, guitarist

Elmore James

January 27, 1918, Richland, MS ~ May 24, 1963, Chicago, IL

While never attaining the fame of fellow Mississippi expatriates Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, James became one of the city's most influential guitarists. He recorded for a variety of labels throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, leaving a legacy of slow blues, boogies, and full-fledged rave ups that dominate the musical vocabulary of Chicago blues. ~ NPS: Elmore James, Trail Of The Hellhound ~ retrieved January 25, 2014 © NPS

No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. ~ Allmusic: Elmore James ~ retrieved July 25, 2013 © Allmusic

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January 27, 1979 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Village People, Y.M.C.A. ~ #2 (2) The Bee Gees, Too Much Heaven ~ #1 (1) Chic, Le Freak


The inscription reads: “Born in Holmes County Mississippi, Elmore James electrified the rural Delta blues with his unique slide guitar style creating a powerful legacy that will remain forever in American music. The sky is crying. Look at the tears roll down the street.” It's hard to add words to that suitable epigram, so I won't try. ~ Deltablues.net: The Grave Of Elmore James ~ retrieved January 21, 2014 © Deltablues.net

Elmore James ~ Ranked #30 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011.

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