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Buddy Guy


1936

George “Buddy” Guy is born in Lettsworth, Louisiana.

1957

Buddy Guy boards a train from Louisiana to Chicago, where he’ll quickly sink roots on the blues scene.

1958

Buddy Guy’s debut single - “Sit and Cry (The Blues),” written by Willie Dixon - is released on the Artistic label.

1960

Buddy Guy’s first session at Chess Records as a solo artist yields the classic “First Time I Met the Blues.”

1960

Buddy Guy records “Ten Years Ago,” the first of many collaborations with harmonica player Junior Wells.

1962

Buddy Guy’s “Stone Crazy” enters Billboard’s R&B chart, peaking at #12.

1965

Buddy Guy tours Britain for the first time, where he shares stages with the Yardbirds and Rod Stewart.

1968

Buddy Guy releases A Man and His Blues, his first album for the Vanguard label.

1970

A informal acoustic session involving Buddy Guy, Junior Mance and Junior Wells yields Buddy and the Juniors, released on Blue Thumb.

1972

The duo album Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play the Blues - produced two years earlier by Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun and Tom Dowd - is finally released on Atco.

1974

Buddy Guy performs at the Montreux Jazz Festival with a band that includes bassist Bill Wyman, pianist Pinetop Perkins and harmonica player Junior Wells. Years later it will be released as Drinkin’ TNT ‘n’ Smokin’ Dynamite.

1981

A Buddy Guy session in Chicago yields an album issued in the U.K. a year later as DJ Play My Blues. It will be his last recording for nine years.

1989

Buddy Guy opens Legends, a blues club, in his hometown of Chicago.

1990

Buddy Guy’s career gets a boost with his head-turning performances as a guest on the last three night’s of Eric Clapton’s stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

1991

Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, by Buddy Guy, enters Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. It is the first album in his lengthy career to do so.

1993

Buddy Guy’s Feels Like Rain, the hotly anticipated followup to 1991’s Damn Right I Got the Blues, is released.

1993

Buddy Guy receives Billboard’s prestigious Century Award.

1996

Buddy Guy’s Live! The Real Deal, recorded in New York and Chicago with pianist Johnnie Johnson, guitarist G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band, is released.

2000

Buddy Guy records the album Sweet Tea at a rural studio in north Mississippi.

2005

Buddy Guy is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twentieth annual induction dinner.

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