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Blues Artist Birthdays

By

Blues guitar great B.B. King

Blues guitar great B.B. King

Photo courtesy Geffen Records

Keep in mind when looking over this list of blues birthdays that records for many of the earliest blues artists of the 1920s, and even earlier, are incomplete. Other birthdays for early-era bluesmen and women may be in question because they weren't always exactly open with their personal information, or couldn't remember dates correctly - when combined with poor record-keeping, it may result in incorrect birth dates for the earliest artists. Did we forget anybody? Email the Reverend with the blues artist you would like added to the list!

Blues Artist Birthdays

Adegbalola, Gaye
March 21, 1944

Alexander, Tex
September 12, 1900

Allison, Luther
August 17, 1939

Allman, Duane
November 20, 1946

Anderson, Pink
February 12, 2000

Arnold, Kokomo
February 15, 1901

Ball, Marcia
March 20, 1949

Barbecue Bob (Robert Hicks)
September 11, 1902

Beck, Jeff
June 24, 1944

Bell, Carey
November 14, 1936

Bell, Lurrie
December 13, 1958

Benoit, Tab
November 17, 1967

Bibb, Eric
August 16, 1951

Bishop, Elvin
October 21, 1942

Blackwell, Scrapper
February 21, 1903

Bland, Bobby "Blue"
January 27, 1930

Block, Rory
November 6, 1949

Bloomfield, Mike
July 28, 1943

Bogart, Deanna
September 5, 1959

Bonamassa, Joe
May 8, 1977

Bracey, Ishman
January 9, 1901

Branch, Billy
October 3, 1951

Brooks, Lonnie
December 18, 1933

Broonzy, "Big" Bill
June 26, 1898

Brown, Clarence "Gatemouth"
April 18, 1924

Brown, Willie
August 6, 1900

Buchanan, Roy
September 23, 1939

Burnside, R.L.
November 23, 1926

Butterfield, Paul
December 17, 1942

Carr, Leroy
March 27, 1905

Carter, Bo
March 21, 1893

Castro, Tommy
April 15, 1955

Chatmon, Sam
January 10, 1897

Clapton, Eric
March 30, 1945

Cobb, Willie
July 15, 1932

Coleman, Deborah
October 3, 1956

Collins, Albert
October 1, 1932

Copeland, Johnny
March 27, 1937

Copeland, Shemekia
April 10, 1979

Costello, Sean
April 16, 1979

Cotton, James
July 1, 1935

Cox, Ida
February 25, 1898

Cray, Robert
August 1, 1953

Dawkins, Jimmy
October 24, 1936

Diddley, Bo
December 30, 1928

Dixon, Willie
July 1, 1915

Earl, Ronnie
March 10, 1953

Edwards, David "Honeyboy"
June 28, 1915

Ellis, Tinsley
June 4, 1957

Estes, Sleepy John
January 25, 1899

Fuller, Blind Boy (Fulton Allen)
July 10, 1907

Funderburgh, Anson
November 14, 1954

Gallagher, Rory
March 2, 1948

Gravenites, Nick
October 2, 1938

Gray, Blind Arvella
January 28, 1906

Green, Peter
October 29, 1946

Guy, Buddy
July 30, 1936

Hammond, John
November 13, 1942

Harris, Corey
February 21, 1969

Hart, Alvin Youngblood
March 2, 1963

Haynes, Warren
April 6, 1960

Healey, Jeff
March 25, 1966

Hendrix, Jimi
November 27, 1942

Homesick James
April 30, 1910

Hooker, Earl
January 15, 1929

Hooker, John Lee
August 22, 1917

Hopkins, Sam "Lightnin'"
March 15, 1912

Horton, "Big" Walter
April 6, 1917

House, Son
March 21, 1902

Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett)
June 10, 1910

Hurt, "Mississippi" John
July 3, 1893

Hutto, J.B.
April 26, 1926

Jacobs, "Little" Walter
May 1, 1930

James, Elmore
January 27, 1918

James, Etta
January 25, 1938

James, Skip
June 21, 1902

Jefferson, Blind Lemon
July 11, 1897

Johnson, Blind Willie
January 22, 1897

Johnson, Johnnie
July 8, 1924

Johnson, Lonnie
February 8, 1899

Johnson, Robert
May 8, 1911

Kent, Willie
February 24, 1936

Kimbrough, Junior
July 28, 1930

King, Albert
April 25, 1923

King, B.B.
September 16, 1925

King, Freddie
September 3, 1934

Korner, Alexis
April 19, 1928

Lacy, Rube
January 2, 1901

Lang, Jonny
January 29, 1981

Ledbetter, Huddie (Leadbelly)
January 20, 1889

Lenoir, J.B.
March 5, 1929

Lewis, Furry
March 6, 1893

Lipscomb, Mance
April 9, 1895

Lockwood, Robert Jr.
March 27, 1915

Louisiana Red
March 23, 1932

Maghett, "Magic" Sam
February 14, 1937

Magic Slim (Morris Holt)
August 7, 1937

Mahal, Taj
May 17, 1942

Margolin, Bob
May 9, 1949

Mayall, John
November 29, 1933

McDowell, "Mississippi" Fred
January 12, 1904

McGhee, Brownie
November 30, 1915

McTell, Blind Willie
May 5, 1901

Memphis Minnie
June 3, 1897

Mo', Keb' (Kevin Moore)
October 3, 1951

Montoya, Coco
October 2, 1951

Moore, Gary
April 4, 1952

Morganfield, "Big" Bill
June 19, 1956

Moss, Buddy
January 26, 1914

Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield)
April 4, 1915

Musselwhite, Charlie
January 31, 1944

Myers, Sam
February 19, 1936

Neal, Kenny
October 14, 1957

Nighthawk, Robert
November 30, 1909

Nulisch, Darrell
September 14, 1952

Otis, Shuggie
November 30, 1953

Perkins, Pinetop
July 7, 1913

Peterson, Lucky
December 13, 1964

Piaza, Rod
December 14, 1947

Primer, John
March 3, 1945

Professor Longhair
December 19, 1918

Rainey, Ma
April 26, 1886

Reed, Jimmy
September 6, 1925

Ricci, Jason
February 3, 1974

Robillard, Duke
October 4, 1948

Robinson, Tad
June 24, 1956

Rogers, Jimmy
June 3, 1897

Rush, Bobby
November 10, 1940

Rush, Otis
April 29, 1934

Seals, Frank "Son"
August 13, 1942

Shade, Will
February 5, 1898

Shepherd, Kenny Wayne
June 12, 1977

Shines, Johnny
April 25, 1915

Smith, Bessie
April 15, 1894

Spann, Otis
March 21, 1930

Specter, Dave
May 21, 1963

Spivey, Victoria
October 15, 1906

Sumlin, Hubert
November 16, 1931

Tampa Red (Hudson Whitaker)
January 8, 1904

Taylor, Koko
September 28, 1928

Taylor, Otis
July 30, 1948

Taylor, Theodore "Hound Dog"
April 12, 1915

Tedeschi, Susan
November 9, 1970

Terry, Sonny
October 24, 1911

Thackery, Jimmy
May 19, 1953

Thornton, Willie Mae "Big Mama"
December 11, 1926

Thorogood, George
February 24, 1950

Townsend, Henry
October 27, 1909

Trout, Walter
March 6, 1951

Trucks, Derek
June 8, 1979

Vaughan, Jimmie
March 20, 1951

Vaughan, Stevie Ray
October 3, 1954

Walker, Joe Louis
December 25, 1949

Walker, T-Bone
May 28, 1910

Wallace, Sippie
November 1, 1898

Watson, Johnny "Guitar"
February 3, 1935

Weaver, Curley
March 25, 1906

Weldon, Casey Bill
July 10, 1909

Wells, Junior
December 9, 1934

Wheatstraw, Peetie
December 21, 1902

White, Bukka
November 12, 1906

White, Josh
February 11, 1914

Wilkins, Robert
January 16, 1896

Williams, "Little" Ed
April 18, 1955

Williamson, John Lee "Sonny Boy"
March 30, 1914

Wilson, Kim
January 6, 1951

Winter, Johnny
February 23, 1944

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