Blues Legends


Lizzie Douglas

June 3,1897 - August 6,1973

Ivanna- Lizzie's real name was Memphis Minnie Mcoy Lawler. Lizzie Douglas was born on June 3,1897 in Algiers, Louisiana. Than when she was in her early teens her family moved to a small town in Mississippi. She later on learned how to play the Banjo and Guitar. Lizzie would go and play on streets. She went by Kid Douglas. Lizzie got discovered and made her first successful realize called Bumble Bee. Everyone says how pretty she is and also beautiful. Lizzie spend the last of her years in a nursing home, than later died at age 76 in August 6, 1973.

Ma Rainey


She was on April 26 1886. She is called the mother of blues. In 1904 she got married. Her real name is Pridget Gertrude.

Duke Ellington


He was born in 1899 and he started studying piano at the age of only 7. At the age of 17 he had begun to play professionally. He got the nickname "Duke" for being such a gentleman. In the 1920's he started playing at nightclubs. Duke's fame soon rose high after he had composed several masterworks. Duke had died in 1974.
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Ida Cox


Ida Cox was one of the greatest blues singers of the 1920's.She started her career as a teenager. For a time Cox ran her own touring company working as a producer, manager, and performer. She was a popular performance artist in the 1920's and wrote many of her own songs. Cox's career was active during the 1930's.Cox died on November 10, 1967.

Bessie Smith


Kalena-She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her career suffered because of the Great Depression and alcoholism. Her parents died when she was young so she had to take care of her 5 other siblings. Ma Rainey took her under her wing when her career started. She made a bunch of recordings with Louis Armstrong. She lived a fantastic life. She died in an automobile accident rumor had it that she lost blood when sh3pe was refused treatment at a white only hospital. People say that she was directly taken to a black only hospital. Where she died of many injuries. True facts were that Bessie's death was given more space in the white press than anything she did while alive.

Blind Lemon


Ray Johnson



Mammie Smith, Rose


Mamie Smith was the first to record songs in 1920 with her versions of "Perry Bradford's" Crazy Blues and " Its right here for you" on Ohke Records. She started preforming as a singer in Harlem and venue such as Baron Wilkins Little Savoy club, Edmunds Percy Browns and Blanks place. Mamie Smith is backed by Joseph Samuel Jazz band on the recordings made between August and September of 1912. In 1919, African American songwriter pianist Perry Bradford was sure that there was a market for African American consumers.

Billie Holiday



B.B. king


By Angelica: B.B king was born on September 16th 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi. B.B king is a U.S blues songwriter and guitariest. B. B. King is among the most respected eletric guitariest. b.b king is the king of blues. One of B.B kings biggest hitid the thrill is gon!

Ray Charles


WILL- Ray Charles was born on September 23, 1930.His real name was Ray Charles Robinson. His first performance was at a cafe in Florida. He grew up during the Great Depression and had visual problems. At age 7 he completely lost his sight. His father died when he was 10 and his mother died when he was 15.Ray's family moved to Florida when he was an infant. In Florida he attended a school for the Deaf and Blind called the St. Augustine. At that school he continued to play the piano. He also learned to play saxophone and the clarinet. Early on his teachers saw that he had the gift of music. They also saw that he compensated for his lack of sight by learning how to listen with great care which helped him learn the music that he heard. He left school at 15 to began his career of a professional musician. Almost immediately he began developing a unique style of music.

Muddy Water


Josh D. Muddy Waters real name is McKinley Morganfield. He grew up listening to the blues. In 1943 he moved to Chicago to show the world about his amazing voice of the blues. Then when he went to Chicago a record dealer gave him a deal so he can have a real band.

Fats ''Antoine'' Domino


Jacob - Fats started performing at the age of 14. His music combines ''Boogie Woogie'' piano with a New Orleans beat. Fats was extremely popular in the fifties and early sixties. His shy charm and warm smile reflected his mood while he was playing. He made rhythm and blues music palatable to a wider audience, as his style represented the calmer edge of the spectrum, in contrast to incendiary rock artists such as Little Richard.

Mahalia Jackson


Corrynn - Mahalia Jackson started signing at church when she was little. She dropped out of school when she was in eighth grade,and did people's laundry. Her first record was released in 1976.

John Lee Hooker


Mia-John Lee Hooker was born Clarksdale Mississippi on August 22, 1917. As a blues singer and guitarist, he began his career in Detroit in 1948 with the release of Boogi Chillun, the biggest of his several hit records. He toured continually and among the deep blues artists enjoyed an unusually successful career appearing in concerts and on recordings with many of the figures in rock. He learned how to play guitar from his stepfather. He had a great interest in Gospel music.

Reverend Gary Davis


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Reverend Gary Davis was a towering figure. As a finger-style guitarist he developed a complex approach to pucking that influenced generations of players. Early musical experiences at Center Raven Baptist Church in Gray Court,South Carolina, was at the core of strong religious convictions that helped him cope with blindness. In 1933 he was ordained as minister of the Free Baptist Connection Church in Washington,North Carolina. For years he toured as a singing gospel preacher and also sang on the streets.

Etta James


Etta James was born in Los Angeles on January 25,1938. Her real name is Jamestta Hawkins. She started her career in 1954. She became popular with hits like " At Last" and " Tell Mama". She won six Grammy Awards and seventeen blues music Awards. She had many different illnesses later in life and died from leukima on January 20, 2012.

Aretha Franklin.


Nathan S -In 1956 Aretha Franklin made her first album as 14 years old and the album was the gospel sounds of Aretha Franklin. When Aretha was a child and young teenager,she sang in her fathers church choir. Aretha came to appreciate the power and beauty of gospel, and that influenced her singing career.Aretha's father was able to introduce Aretha to several gospel singers that guided her through her young career.

George " buddy" Guy


Gianna Moreno-George " buddy" Guy is a five time Grammy-Award winning American blues guitarist and singer. He is considered an important exponent of Chicago blues. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many other guitarists. Guy's music can be very creative from many traditional and deepest blues.

paul butterfield


Zach g/Paul butterfeild was born in December 17 1942. He was the white person to play a harmonica and develop a original style and place him in the penethon of blues greats. white Americans treated blues with alot of respect. It is impossible to over estimate the doors that he opened. Paul butterfeild was a great blues singer.

Jimi Hendrix



Jimi Hendrix was part of the 27 club which means player he died at the age of 27. He was a famous guitar . He was powerful vocalist and wrote songs. Some of his well known songs are Jinx blues, Devil got my women and Motherless child. He was known as a rock and role music but no one could deny him as a blues singer. Jimi's real name is James Marshal Hendrix. He was born in Seattle on November 27, 1942. At the age of 16, Jimi was thrown out of school for holding the hand of a white girl in class. His mother died when Jimi was 15 the same time as Jimi began to take a serious interest in music and playing the guitar. When he was 12 he got his first electric guitar the instrument which was the next 16 years of his life. Then in late 1965 he formed his first band Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. They worked the Village clubs where he was seen by other musicians who immediately recognized his talent, and word of this young virtuoso reached ex-Animals bassist Chas Chandler. Chas was so impressed after hearing him play he offered to become his manager and persuaded Jimi to accompany him back to England. After 14 months as a paratrooper, learning a lot about falling and flying, he suffered an injury and was discharged. He decided to enter the music field. The following four years were hard work touring the States playing back-up guitar for various R&B bands including Little Richard, Ike and Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, the Isley Brothers and the late King Curtis among others. The conditions were not suited to his radical temperament and eventually he was drawn to New York 's Greenwich Village where he recorded with the Isley Brothers, Curtis Knight and various other artists. In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the world of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before. Jimi Hendrix wanted a guitar early on. Before acquiring his first real instrument, he "played" guitar o a broom and on Hendrix had two brothers, Leon and Joseph, and two sisters, Kathy and Pamela. one-stringed ukulele. At last Al got his son a guitar, and the twelve year-old Jimi began to teach himself to play. Jimi Hendrix had two brothers, Leon and Joseph, and two sisters, Kathy and Pamela.


1960 - 1964


Blues Brothers


Nathan Cima, The Blues Brothers formed in 1978 after watching each other play. They really took off in 1980 when they made there movie "The Blues Brothers". They started to make more albums after there movie.

Coco Montoya



His career launched in the 1990s but he didn't get hooked on the blues until he witnessed Albert King perform. He joined a band with Albert Collins in the late 1970s before his career took off. He was also in a band called the Blues breakers.