Buddy Guy is a legendary American blues music artist. He has been the inspiration of the likes of Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Keith Richards and Jimmy Page. In the words of Clapton, he is ‘the best guitar player alive.’
Guy was ranked 30th on the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All-time list by Rolling Stone magazine. The gifted singer and guitarist is credited to have redefined the blues genre by combining traditional and contemporary elements. This is what makes his music both unique and appealing to a diverse audience.
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George “Buddy” Guy was born in Lettsworth, Louisiana on July 30, 1936. He developed an interest in music at a very young age. He was only seven when he created a guitar with a few hairpins and a piece of wood.
When he was nineteen, Guy took up a job as a custodian at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Soon after, he bought himself an acoustic guitar and began playing at local clubs.
It was in the summers of 1957 that Buddy Guy decided to pursue music professionally. A friend of the musician suggested him to try his luck in Chicago. In 1958, Guy moved to the city in the hope of making a better living for himself.
Shortly after arriving in the Windy City, Guy met musician Otis Rush who introduced him to the 708 Club. It was here that Guy met the iconic American blues musician Muddy Waters. Guy soon began playing frequently at the club and caught the attention of composer Willie Dixon through whom he landed a deal with Chess Records as a guitarist. Subsequently, Guy had the chance of working with many of his idols including Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf.
Guy’s early years in the music industry were largely dominated by business choices made by the label. He did not have the freedom to explore and experiment and had to stick to the choices laid out by the label’s founder, Leonard Chess.
Following the release of his debut solo record I Left My Blues in San Francisco in 1967, Buddy Guy decided to leave Chess and sign a contract with the Vanguard Records, the reason being the desire for creative freedom. The following year, he released the record A Man and the Blues with Vanguard.
In the year 1969, Buddy Guy performed at the Supershow at Staines in England. He shared the stage with artists such as Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Glenn Campbell, Stephen Stills and Jack Bruce.
Guy’s 1970 album titled Buddy and the Juniors included contributions by pianist Junior Mance and harmonica player, Junior Wells. Guy and Wells developed a cordial work relationship and released another collaborative album Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Play The Blues.
Among Guy’s other albums released during the 1970s are In The Beginning, South Side Blues Jam, Got To Use Your Head and I Was Walking Through the Woods. By the 80s however, the musician’s popularity began to decline.
Guy revived his career in the 90s with three back to back Grammy winning albums – Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, Feels Like Rain and Slippin’ In released in 1991, 1993 and 1994 respectively. Featuring contributions by well-known artists such as Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, the album Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues sold over 500,000 copies.
In 1996, Guy treated the fans with his next album release Live: The Real Deal followed by Heavy Love in 1998. He ended the glorious 90s decade with the release of the record Buddy’s Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy.
The musician continued his collaborative efforts in the 21st century, working with contemporary artists such as John Mayer and Carlos Santana. His 2003 album Blues Singer was released via Silvertone Records and produced by Dennis Herring. It won Guy a Grammy for the Best Traditional Blues Album in 2004.
Living Proof is Guy’s fifteenth studio album. Released in 2010, it was the highest charting record of the singer’s then fifty years in the music industry. It also won a Grammy for the Best Contemporary Blues Album and hit the 46th spot on the Billboard Albums chart. The album is an autobiography of sorts. It charts Guy’s musical journey and reflects on various aspects of his work life.
In recent years too, Buddy Guy has continued to make music that have given a new meaning to the blues genre. With much talent, experience and skills, he is going stronger than ever, touring frequently and performing at various festivals and clubs around the world.
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The legendary blues musician’s most recent album Born To Play Guitar hit the music stores in August of 2015. It topped the Billboard Blues Albums chart and reached the 60th spot on the Billboard 200. This album earned Guy yet another Grammy in the category of Best Blues Album in 2016.
Over the course of his illustrious music career, Guy has won a total of six Grammys. In 1996 he received induction into the Guitar Center’s Hollywood Rockwalk. In 2005, he became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three years later a Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee.
In 2004, Guy had the honor of being the second recipient of the Billboard magazine’s Century Award. Also by this time, he had earned over twenty W.C. Handy Awards. The musician was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in 2012.
At 81 years of age, Buddy Guy has not lost his charm one bit. His concerts still tend to sell out in advance. So if you want to catch the icon live on stage, purchase Buddy Guy tour tickets at the earliest.