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Elmore James

Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues guitarist, singer, song writer and band leader.[1] He was known as The King of the Slide Guitar and had a unique guitar style, noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice. James played a wide variety of "blues" (which often crossed over into other styles of music) similar to that of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and some of B. B. King's work, but distinguished by his guitar's vastly more powerful sound (arguably only equalled in technical ability by King, although in a different style) unbelievably comin ...read more

Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues guitarist, singer, song writer and band leader.[1] He was known as The King of the Slide Guitar and had a unique guitar style, noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice. James played a wide variety of "blues" (which often crossed over into other styles of music) similar to that of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and some of B. B. King's work, but distinguished by his guitar's vastly more powerful sound (arguably only equalled in technical ability by King, although in a different style) unbelievably coming from a modified, hollow body traditional acoustic guitar, which sounded like the more modern solid body guitars. He most often played using a slide, but on several recordings he plays without. His voice and style was as instantly recognisable as King's, Muddy's and Wolf's and until he fell foul of the Chicago union, he and his 'Broomdusters' were as popular in the Chicago clubs as any of these musician's bands. « hide

Similar Bands: Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Canned Heat, Willie Dixon

King Of The Slide Guitar


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