Personalities | Luther Allison | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1939–97)

Luther Allison was an impressive electric bluesman whose guitar playing at times recalled Jimi Hendrix. After his brother taught him basic guitar techniques, Allison backed artists such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Dawkins and Howlin’ Wolf in Chicago clubs. Early records on Delmark and triumph at the Ann Arbor Festival led to Allison signing with Motown. He lived in France from 1984–94 and died of cancer in the midst of a strong comeback. His son Bernard carries on the family tradition.

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


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