Personalities | Hound Dog Taylor | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1915–75)

Many guitarists might sound as though they have extra fingers, but Theodore ‘Hound Dog’ Taylor, who did not become a full-time musician until he was well past 40, actually had an extra digit on each hand. Producer Bruce Iglauer founded the Alligator label in 1971 expressly to record the guitarist’s energetic, raw almost to the point of primitive, ‘house-rockin’’ style. Taylor and his backing duo, the Houserockers, were among the label’s hottest stars for four years until Taylor’s death from cancer.

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


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