History Of Blues Artists – Births, Deaths & Careers

I’m going through a phase at the moment when I all I can think about are the blues and learning how they developed.

I thought I’d have a births and deaths page to help understand how the main artists have helped influence each other.

Births Of Blues Artists

The links take you to the dedicated page about the artist’s live albums. You can see how poorly the very early blues pioneers are represented which is a real shame. Of course, their studio albums were probably recorded in one take in a “live in the studio” style.

1886 Ma Rainey
1889 Lead Belly
1890 Jelly Roll Morton
1891 Charley Patton
1892 Mississippi John Hurt
1893 Big Bill Boonzy
1893 Blind Lemon Jefferson
1894 Bessie Smith
1895 Mance Lipscomb
1896 Reverend Gary Davis
1897 Memphis Minnie
1898 Blind Willie McTell
1902 Skip James
1902 Son House
1904 or 1907 Blind Boy Fuller
1905 Arthur William “Big Boy” Crudup
1906 Mississippi Fred McDowell
1908 Louis Jordan
1909 Robert Nighthawk
1910 Champion Jack Dupree
1910 T-Bone Walker
1910 Howlin’ Wolf
1911 Robert Johnson
1911 Sonny Terry
1911 Big Joe Turner
1912 Lightnin’ Hopkins
1912 John Lee Hooker
1912 Sonny Boy Williamson II
1913 Pinetop Perkins
1913 Muddy Waters
1913 Lightnin’ Slim
1914 Sonny Boy Williamson I
1915 Robert Lockwood Jr.
1915 Brownie McGhee
1915 Memphis Slim
1915 Willie Dixon
1915 Hound Dog Taylor
1918 Elmore James
1919 or 1921 Snooky Pryor
1920 Percy Mayfield
1921 Big Walter Horton
1923 Albert King
1923 Eddie Taylor
1924 Jimmy Rogers
1924 Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
1924 or 1930 Otis Spann
1925 B.B. King
1925 Jimmy Reed
1926 J. B. Hutto
1926 Big Mama Thornton
1927 Mose Allison
1928 Bo Diddley
1928 Koko Taylor
1930 Little Walter
1930 Bobby Bland
1932 Junior Parker
1932 Albert Collins
1933 John Mayall
1934 Freddie King
1934 Junior Wells
1935 James Cotton
1935 Otis Rush
1936 Buddy Guy
1937 Magic Sam
1937 Magic Slim
1937 Johnny Copeland
1937 Snooks Eaglin
1939 Luther Allison
1939 Roy Buchanan
1940 Delbert McClinton
1941 Lonnie Mack
1942 Paul Butterfield
1942 Elvin Bishop
1942 Jimi Hendrix
1942 Taj Mahal
1942 Son Seals
1943 Mike Bloomfield
1943 Lonnie Brooks
1944 Alvin Lee
1944 Johnny Winter
1945 Eric Clapton
1945 Robin Trower
1946 Duane Allman
1946 Peter Green
1948 Rory Gallagher
1949 Mick Taylor
1950 George Thorogood
1951 Walter Trout
1951 Jimmie Vaughan
1951 Coco Montoya
1952 Gary Moore
1953 Robert Cray
1953 Jimmy Thackery
1954 Stevie Ray Vaughan
1966 Jeff Healey
1970 Susan Tedeschi
1971 Ian Siegal
1977 Joe Bonamassa
1977 John Mayer
1977 Kenny Wayne Shepherd
1979 Derek Trucks

 

Deaths Of Blues Artists

1929 Blind Lemon Jefferson
1934 Charley Patton
1937 Bessie Smith
1938 Robert Johnson
1939 Ma Rainey
1941 Blind Boy Fuller
1941 Jelly Roll Morton
1948 Sonny Boy Williamson I
1949 Lead Belly
1958 Big Bill Boonzy
1959 Blind Willie McTell
1963 Elmore James
1965 Sonny Boy Williamson II
1966 Mississippi John Hurt
1967 Robert Nighthawk
1968 Little Walter
1969 Skip James
1969 Magic Sam
1970 Otis Spann
1970 Jimi Hendrix
1971 Junior Parker
1971 Duane Allman
1972 Reverend Gary Davis
1972 Mississippi Fred McDowell
1973 Memphis Minnie
1974 Arthur William “Big Boy” Crudup
1974 Lightnin’ Slim
1975 T-Bone Walker
1975 Louis Jordan
1975 Hound Dog Taylor
1976 Freddie King
1976 Mance Lipscomb
1976 Jimmy Reed
1976 Howlin’ Wolf
1981 Big Walter Horton
1981 Mike Bloomfield
1982 Lightnin’ Hopkins
1983 J. B. Hutto
1983 Muddy Waters
1984 Percy Mayfield
1984 Big Mama Thornton
1985 Big Joe Turner
1985 Eddie Taylor
1986 Sonny Terry
1987 Paul Butterfield
1988 Son House
1988 Memphis Slim
1988 Roy Buchanan
1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan
1992 Champion Jack Dupree
1992 Willie Dixon
1992 Albert King
1993 Albert Collins
1995 Rory Gallagher
1996 Brownie McGhee
1997 Luther Allison
1997 Jimmy Rogers
1997 Johnny Copeland
1998 Junior Wells
2001 John Lee Hooker
2004 Son Seals
2005 Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
2006 Robert Lockwood Jr.
2006 Snooky Pryor
2008 Bo Diddley
2008 Jeff Healey
2009 Snooks Eaglin
2009 Koko Taylor
2011 Pinetop Perkins
2011 Gary Moore
2013 Magic Slim
2013 Bobby Bland
2013 Alvin Lee
2014 Johnny Winter
2015 B.B. King
2016 Mose Allison
2016 Lonnie Mack
2017 James Cotton
2017 Lonnie Brooks

 

Active Careers Of Blues Artists (taken from Wikipedia)

1899-1933 Ma Rainey
1900-1929 Blind Lemon Jefferson
1900-1941 Jelly Roll Morton
1903-1949 Lead Belly
1912-1937 Bessie Smith
1916-1934 Charley Patton
1920s-1950s Memphis Minnie
1920s-1980s Big Joe Turner
1920s-2011 Pinetop Perkins
Late 1920s-1981 Big Walter Horton
1926-1972 Mississippi Fred McDowell
1927-1956 Blind Willie McTell
1927–1958 Big Bill Boonzy
1928-1940 Blind Boy Fuller
1928-1966 Mississippi John Hurt
1928-1975 T-Bone Walker
1929-1938 Robert Johnson
1930-1974 Son House
1930s-1948 Sonny Boy Williamson I
1930s-1964 Robert Nighthawk
1930s-1970s Reverend Gary Davis
1930s-1975 Hound Dog Taylor
1930s-1980s Sonny Terry
1930s-1980s Memphis Slim
1930s-2006 Robert Lockwood Jr.
1931, 1964-1969 Skip James
1932-1975 Louis Jordan
Mid 1930s-1965 Sonny Boy Williamson II
1938-2005 Brownie McGhee
1939-1974 Arthur William “Big Boy” Crudup
1939-1992 Willie Dixon
1940s-1963 Elmore James
1940s-1976 Howlin’ Wolf
1940s-1976 Jimmy Reed
1941-1982 Muddy Waters
1942-2001 John Lee Hooker
1943-2006 Bo Diddley
1944-1970 Otis Spann
1945-1968 Little Walter
1945-2006 Snooky Pryor
1946-1997 Jimmy Rogers
1946-1982 Lightnin’ Hopkins
1947-1960s Percy Mayfield
1947-1984 Big Mama Thornton
1947-2005 Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
1947-2013 Bobby Bland
1948-2015 B.B. King
1949-1992 Albert King
Late 1940s-1973 Lightnin’ Slim
1950s-1997 Junior Wells
1950s-1997 Johnny Copeland
1951-1971 Junior Parker
1952-1976 Freddie King
1952-1993 Albert Collins
1953-2008 Snooks Eaglin
1953-2017 James Cotton
1953-2017 Lonnie Brooks
1953- Buddy Guy
1954-1983 J. B. Hutto
1954-2004 Lonnie Mack
1955-2013 Magic Slim
1956-2004 Otis Rush
1956-2015 Mose Allison
1956- John Mayall
1957-1969 Magic Sam
1957-1997 Luther Allison
1958-1988 Roy Buchanan
1958-2008 Koko Taylor
1959-2004 Son Seals
1959-2014 Johnny Winter
1960-1976 Mance Lipscomb
1960-2013 Alvin Lee
1961-1971 Duane Allman
1962- Eric Clapton
1962- Delbert McClinton
1962- Robin Trower
1963-1970 Jimi Hendrix
1963-1987 Paul Butterfield
1963-1995 Rory Gallagher
1963- Elvin Bishop
1964-1981 Mike Bloomfield
1964- Taj Mahal
1964- Mick Taylor
1964- Jimmie Vaughan
1965-1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan
1966-1973, 1977-1985, 1997- Peter Green
1969-2011 Gary Moore
1969- Walter Trout
1974- Robert Cray
1974- George Thorogood
1977- Coco Montoya
1983-2008 Jeff Healey
1989- Joe Bonamassa
Late 1980s- Ian Siegal
1990- Kenny Wayne Shepherd
1990- Derek Trucks
1995- Susan Tedeschi
1998- John Mayer

 

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