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1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed

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Hall of Fame Essay


Andrew Schwartz

Jimmy Reed was one of those purely American, so-called “primitive” artists who created a style so perfect in conception and execution that it could never really be improved upon.

He was also a prolific hitmaker whose music acted as a kind of down-home touchstone for his African-American audience during the years when R&B turned into soul.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1991
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I can’t buy a car without first playing a Jimmy Reed tape before driving it.

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Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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