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Lonnie Johnson (left) in 1941. Photo by Russell Lee (Library of Congress

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive: Entertainers at Negro tavern. On the left is Lonnie Johnson, noted blues man and pioneering jazz guitarist.

In the beginning...

Blues musician B. King performs on the radio station WDIA in 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee

Muddy Waters.  Shortly before saying "Fuck this tractor" and going off to Chicago to change the world.

Good golly (tonight, I can't stop typing, deleting, then re-typing "good golly" in the comment sections of photos I like), Muddy Waters was a goddamn beautiful man.

Scott Dunbar playing guitar on his porch, Lake Mary, Mississippi 1968. photo by William R. Ferris

Scott Dunbar, a relatively unknown and underrated blues artist, playing guitar on his porch, Lake Mary, Mississippi 1968 in a shack!photo by William R.

Little Walter at The Alley Club in Cambridge, England – 1964 | Bob Corritore - Official Website

Little Walter at The Alley Club in Cambridge, England – 1964

Pink Anderson & Little Pink Anderson

Pinkney "Pink" Anderson (February 1900 – October was an American blues singer and guitarist. In modern, best known as being sampled by Kanye West for "Gold Digger".

Mississippi Fred McDowell

Fred McDowell (January 1904 -- July known by his stage name; Mississippi Fred McDowell, was a blues singer and guitar player in the North Missis.

「blind gary davis」の画像検索結果

「blind gary davis」の画像検索結果

Eric Clapton promises the club owner he'll finish clearing up the backstage area after he practices some more "riffs" as he calls them. This is a Young Eric Clapton; no shit!

Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy, my idol. The King of this decade. His guitar was phenomenal, and his words were true. This man's voice brings me the comfort of the cabin we lived in during my childhood

Blues on Maxwell Street- 1988 You haven't heard Blues until you heard here!! What great times!!!

Blues on Maxwell Street- 1988 You haven't heard Blues until you heard here!

On this day in 2005, blues singer and guitarist  Little Milton died of a brain aneurysm

On this day in blues singer and guitarist Little Milton died of a brain aneurysm

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