Personalities | Billy Branch | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Harmonica, vocals, b. 1951)

Branch began playing harmonica at the age of 10, before polishing his onstage technique in Chicago with Big Walter, James Cotton, Junior Wells and Carey Bell. In 1975 he became a sideman for Willie Dixon and then formed Sons of Blues with Lurrie Bell (guitar). Branch continues to front the band and is a respected blues educator. He also appears in the Robert Mugge-directed concert film Hellhounds On My Trail: The Afterlife Of Robert Johnson (1999) and has made cameo appearances in the Hollywood movies Adventures In Babysitting (1987) and Next Of Kin (1989).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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