Personalities | Junior Wells | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Harmonica, vocals, 1934–98)

Amos Blackmore grew up in west Memphis, Arkansas under the sway of Sonny Boy Williamson II and began recording as a teenager in Chicago, playing with the innovative Four Aces before joining Muddy Waters’ band. Wells created a personal style influenced by James Brown. In the mid-1960s he began a long association with guitarist Buddy Guy (who played on Wells’s masterful 1965 debut LP Hoodoo Man Blues, Delmark Records), which lasted until Wells’s death from cancer in 1998.

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


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