Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy ( born July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana) is an American blues musician and multiple Grammy Award winner.

Life and career

Guy began playing guitar at the age of 13 years. He taught himself to play at based on a recording of John Lee Hooker himself. Soon after, he performed with various bands around the city of Baton Rouge. After a short time he had acquired a larger repertoire, however, was too shy to audition someone. After him, a friend from high school had heard play this persuaded him to drink a schoolboy whiskey. In a drunken state and he played in a club and got a contract.

In 1957 he moved to Chicago. There he performed in various clubs, including the 708 Club and the Blue Flame Club, where he sat down in competition against Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Junior Wells. First, he played under the supervision of Willie Dixon a a few pieces at a small record company and moved to Chess Records in 1960. There he took among other things, the pieces First Time I Met the Blues, Broken Hearted Blues and Ten Years Ago.

He had his breakthrough in 1964 with the album Folk Festival of the Blues. On this record, he can be heard with musicians like Muddy Waters and Howlin 'Wolf. Leading the way was the inclusion of Do not Know Which Way to Go. A year later he joined the UK with the American Folk Blues Festival.

1967 Guy left Chess Records. He then took the two albums A Man and the Blues and Hold That Plane on. Towards the end of the 1960s was the album Buddy and the Juniors in collaboration with Junior Wells and Junior Mance. On this album, the style became apparent, the Buddy Guy and Junior Wells played in the coming years. In the 1970s, the two played even a few albums and broke up at the end of the decade in friendship. Buddy Guy has his own club, where he still occurs (Buddy Guy 's Legends, S. Wabash, Chicago, Il 60605 ) in Chicago. He is the father of female rapper Shawnna.

On April 14, 2007 Buddy Guy discovered at a concert in New Bedford, Massachusetts to the then eight- year-old Quinn Sullivan. He decided to promote the talent. This was followed by joint concert tours, culminating in the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 by Eric Clapton and the Montreux Jazz Festival. On his Grammy -nominated album Skin Deep Quinn he let the solo part in Who's Gonna Fill Those Shoes play.

Guy was admitted in 1985 into the Blues Hall of Fame and in 2005 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1990, a piece dedicated to him electric guitar special model, the Fender Buddy Guy Stratocaster appeared.


  • Grammy Awards: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2011
  • WC Handy Blues Awards: 1982, 1990:2, 1991:2, 1992:5, 1993:4, 1995:3, 2009:3; 2011:5
  • Billboard Century Awards: 1993
  • Living Blues Award: 1994:4, 1995:3, 2002:2, 2006:2; 2010:2
  • Monterey Bay Blues Festival Award: 2007
  • Kennedy Prize 2012


In addition, he can still be heard on numerous LPs as a session and guest musicians - bootleg recordings, such as Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones: Sweet Home Chicago - Live at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 ( Swingin ' Pig), not counting. Buddy Guy also appeared as a guest musician in the published 2008 Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light by Martin Scorsese.

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