The Greatest Blues Musicians of All Time

Blues as a genre has had some of the best musicians and music throughout the years. There have been many arguments who is better and who the best and there will be many more to come. You cannot mention one without mentioning another and the list goes on and on and on.

Without further ado, here is our take on who are the greatest blues musicians of our time.

B.B. King

Riley B. King, or B.B King as he is most commonly known, was a blues singer, guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He didn’t start off as a prominent musician, however. He was born on a cotton plantation and worked at a cotton gin as a young man. He was attracted to the sound of the guitar and music in general, while going to church.

Before his career as a guitarist he worked as singer and disc jockey. His nickname at the time was Beale Street Blues Boy, which later on became Blues Boy and finally B.B. While working at WDIA, a radio station in Memphis, he met T-Bone Walker for the first time and was mesmerized by the sound of the electric guitar, so much that he had to have one even if it meant stealing it.

His later years seen him become such an influential musician and a synonym of blues. His solos and bends on his famous guitar, Lucille, became legendary, as did he. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 with the nickname King of Blues.

Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield was one of the greatest blues musicians, more specifically, he played the guitar and sang. Even by the age of 17, he was playing the guitar and harmonica, trying to emulate Robert Johnson. He got his nickname Muddy from his grandmother Della Grant, who raised him after his mother passed. The nickname had to do with him often playing in the muddy waters.

His rise to fame began in the early 1950s, notably in 1957 when “Got My Mojo Working” was released. More of his hits from the time were “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “Hoochie Coochie Man”.

There are many more blues artists like Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Son House, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Freddie King, Willie Dixon, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa and many, many more. The list is very long, yet these two had really shaped blues into what it is today.

Author: Jason