Personalities | Sammy Lawhorn | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, 1935–90)

Respected sideman Lawhorn began a nine-year stint with Muddy Waters’ band in 1956 after working with harmonica players Sonny Boy Williamson II and Willie Cobbs, among others. Waters fired the Little Rock, Arkansas native in 1973 for excessive drinking. By then his razor-edged tone and imaginative soloing had already left an indelible mark on the blues. Lawhorn subsequently played on sides by James Cotton, Junior Wells and Koko Taylor. His death at the age of 54 was attributed to natural causes.

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


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