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Luther Allison

Luther Allison (1939 – 1997) was an American blues guitarist born in Arkansas as the 14th of 15 children of cotton farmers. After moving to Chicago with his parents at the age of 12, Allison was very much influenced by local legends Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and Elmore James among others. With the help of friends and relatives he taught himself how to play the guitar and began appearing in local bars. After signing his first professional contract and releasing his first album in 1969, Allison began appearing in Blues festivals and a number of hard rock fans who compared him to Jimi Hendrix ...read more

Luther Allison (1939 – 1997) was an American blues guitarist born in Arkansas as the 14th of 15 children of cotton farmers. After moving to Chicago with his parents at the age of 12, Allison was very much influenced by local legends Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and Elmore James among others. With the help of friends and relatives he taught himself how to play the guitar and began appearing in local bars. After signing his first professional contract and releasing his first album in 1969, Allison began appearing in Blues festivals and a number of hard rock fans who compared him to Jimi Hendrix appeared regularly at his shows. As a result of his live success, Allison was the first blues artist signed by Motown in 1972 and toured extensively throughout the world in subsequent years.

Nevertheless, despite his live shows’ success, his album sales where rather unimpressive in the US, so Allison decided to move to Europe close to his most loyal fans. After releasing several albums that fused successfully Chicago blues with funk, soul and hard rock, he finally attracted interest and started appearing again regularly in blues festivals around the US in the 90’s. However, he was diagnosed with cancer and died in 1997 in one of the most dramatic comebacks in blues history.

Nowadays, Luther Allison enjoys the respect of loyal blues fans around the world that admire his fusion of Chicago blues with funk, rock and his soul-drenched vocals. « hide

Similar Bands: Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Elmore James

LPs
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2007

Pay It Forward
2002

Standing At The Crossroad
1999

Reckless
1997

Blue Streak
1995

Soul Fixin' Man
1994

Hand Me Down My Moonshine
1992

Rich Man
1987

Serious
1987

Here I Come
1985

Lets Have a Natural Ball
1984

Time
1980

Love Me Papa
1977

Night Life
1976

Luther's Blues
1974

4.5
2 Votes
Bad News is Coming
1972

4.3
3 Votes
Love Me Mama
1969

5
1 Votes
Live Albums
Gonna Be A Live One In Here Tonight!
1979

Power Wire Blues
1979

Live in Paris
1979

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