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, 1962 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Barbara George, I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) ~ #2 (1) Chubby Checker, The Twist ~ #1 (2) Joey Dee & The Starliters, Peppermint Twist Part I


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 ~ Inducted in the 1992 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Known as the King of the Slide Guitar. He was inspired by the local performances of Robert Johnson to take up the guitar. It was, in fact, a number by Johnson (Dust My Broom) that became James’ signature song and laid the foundation for his recording career. First cut by James in August 1951, Dust My Broom contains the strongest example of his stylistic signature: a swooping, full-octave opening figure on slide guitar. His influence went beyond that one riff, however, as he’s been virtually credited with inventing blues rock by virtue of energizing primal riffs with a raw, driving intensity. ~ 1992 © Rock & Rock Hall Of Fame

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