We’ve compiled a list of the best blue’s musicians of all-time. Whether it be Albert King, Eric Clapton, or Robert Johnson, these are the people that have made this genre what it is today. From decades ago to now, these are some of the most influential blues artists in history.
- Albert King
Albert King is a blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. His influential music has spanned many decades and he has remained relevant throughout. He is highly known for his signature guitar playing style that is most commonly used in this genre. He played a Gibson Flying V guitar, the same one that Jimi Hendrix played, which was custom made for him by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in Memphis Tennessee.
- Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy is a blues musician and songwriter from Gary, Indiana. He has had a very long career in the music industry and is still going strong. He has played with some of the biggest blues musicians, such as Muddy Waters, B.B King and Junior Wells. His guitar playing style is most commonly used in Chicago blues.
- John Mayall
John Mayall is a British blues guitarist, singer and producer. He has had a long career in the music industry dating back to the 1960s. He is known for being an influence to some of the biggest names in music. Some of these include Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor and Peter Green. John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers was his first band and during this time he released several albums.
- John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker is a legendary blues artist. He was born on August 22, 1917 and is still going strong. In 1996, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He has a unique guitar playing style that has influenced many of today’s blues musicians. John Lee Hooker has received many awards throughout his career including the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1997.
- Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton is a blues guitar legend. He has had a very long career with many different bands. Eric Clapton is best known for his work with the bands The Yardbirds, Cream and Derek and the Dominos. He has sold over 300 million albums worldwide, making him the third highest selling rock artist in history. Some of his most famous songs include Layla and Tears in Heaven.
- Ray Charles
Ray Charles is an American blues musician and singer. He was born on February 3, 1930 in Albany, Georgia. His father was blind and his mother suffered from depression which affected him throughout his life. Ray Charles has been featured in many of the genre’s most famous songs, including Georgia On My Mind, The Night Time is the Right Time and I Got a Woman.
- Howlin ‘Wolf
Howlin ‘Wolf was an American singer, guitarist and harmonica player. He was best known for his unique guitar style, which featured a distinctively distorted signal. Howlin ‘Wolf has been credited as the creator of rock music. He is known for working with many famous blues artists including Little Walter and Willie Dixon. His most popular songs include Spoonful, Killing Floor and Back Door Man.
- Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters was a Mississippi blues musician, who mastered electric Chicago blues guitar playing style. He was born on April 4, 1913 and is known as the “King of Chicago Blues”. His songs were covered by other legendary blues musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Rogers. Muddy Waters is credited with helping to shape the sound of modern popular music.
- Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson was a country blues musician and legendary singer/songwriter. He was born on May 8, 1911 in Hazelhurst Mississippi. He is known as the greatest blues musician of all time and has inspired many of today’s most popular musicians. Robert Johnson is often considered to have sold his soul to the devil for his musical skills. His songs have been covered by other legendary blues musicians such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith.
- B.B King
B.B King is one of the most well-known blues musicians in history and a legend in his own right. His name is synonymous with the genre and he is one of the most influential blues musicians ever. He was born on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi. B.B King has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and received many awards throughout his career including 14 Grammy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been featured in many films and an animated film titled A Day with B.B King was released in 2007 based on him. His music has spanned many different genres and he is still considered to be one of the most important musicians in history.
In conclusion, there are many more influential blues artists. The 10 above span decades and they have been immensely successful in the genre. Many of these musicians have been featured in films and there is a movie about most of them, if not all. These musicians deserve respect as they are among the best of the best in the blues genre.