Jimmy Dawkins

Jimmy Dawkins ( born October 24, 1936 in Tchula, Mississippi, † April 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American blues guitarist.


In 1955 he moved to Chicago to work in a factory. In 1957 he bought his first guitar. First, he played on the West Side with musicians such as Lester Hinton, Left Hand Frank Craig and Eddie King. This was followed by first minor engagements, including with Jimmy Rogers, Magic Sam and Earl Hooker. Willie Dixon booked him for studio recordings with Walter Horton, Johnny Young and Wild Child Butler.

His breakthrough came in 1969, when Dawkins Delmark Records for the debut album Fast Fingers (DS -623 ) grossed. It has been rated in the music magazine Down Beat with four stars and was awarded the 1971 Grand Prix du Disque of the Hot Club of France. It was followed by numerous festival appearances, concert tours and other recordings. He played in 1971 with Clarence Gatemouth Brown on the album Bad luck blues ( Black & blue ) Cousin Joe.

For Dawkins' trademark was a talented guitar playing, which although based on common patterns of West Side Chicago blues, but presented itself as very independent. This was also illustrates his unusual playing style, which stands in contrast to his emotional vocal style. Jimmy Dawkins is seen as one of the innovators of the West Side Chicago blues, but he could never get the great success such as his famous colleagues, achieve (eg, Magic Sam, Luther Allison ).

In addition to his own career as a musician Jimmy Dawkins has emerged with his record label Leric Music, on the singles have appeared, among others, Tail Dragger, Queen Sylvia Embry, Little Johnny Christian and Nora Jean Wallace. In addition, Dawkins was active as a music publisher.


  • Fast Fingers (1969 )
  • All for Business (1971 )
  • Jimmy Dawkins (1971 )
  • Tribute To Orange ( 1971)
  • Transatlantic 770 (1972)
  • I Want To Know (1975 )
  • Blisterstring (1976)
  • Come Back Baby ( 1976)
  • Hot Wire '81 (1981 )
  • Jimmy and Hip: Live! (1982)
  • Feel The Blues ( 1985)
  • All Blues (1986 )
  • Blues From Iceland (1991 )
  • Kant Sheck Dees Bluze (1992 )
  • Blues And Pain ( 1994)
  • B Phur Real ( 1995)
  • Me, My Gitar & The Blues (1997)
  • West Side Guitar Hero (2002)
  • Tell Me Baby ( 2004)