George "Mojo" Buford

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George "Mojo" Buford
Birth name George Buford
Born (1929-11-10)November 10, 1929
Hernando, Mississippi, United States
Died October 11, 2011(2011-10-11) (aged 81)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres Blues
Instruments Harmonica
Years active Early 1950s–2011
Labels Various

George "Mojo" Buford (November 10, 1929 – October 11, 2011) was an American blues harmonica player, best known for his work in Muddy Waters' band.

Biography[edit]

Buford relocated from Hernando, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee in his youth, where he studied the blues.[1] He relocated to Chicago in 1952,[2] forming the Savage Boys that eventually became known as the Muddy Waters, Jr. Band. They substituted for Muddy Waters at local nightclubs whilst he was touring.[1]

Buford first played in Muddy Waters' backing band in 1959, replacing Little Walter, but in 1962 moved to Minneapolis to front his own band, and record albums.[1] It was in Minneapolis that Buford gained his nickname "Mojo", because of the audiences requesting him to perform his cover version of "Got My Mojo Working."[3] Buford returned to Muddy Waters' combo in 1967 for a year when he replaced James Cotton.[3] He had a longer tenure with Muddy Waters in the early 1970s, and returned for the final time after Jerry Portnoy departed to form The Legendary Blues Band.[1]

He also recorded for the Mr. Blues label (later re-issued on Rooster Blues), Blue Loon Records, and the British JSP label.[1]

Buford died on October 11, 2011, in Minneapolis, after a long hospitalization.[1][4] He was 81.

Partial discography[edit]

  • Exciting Harmonica Sound of Mojo Buford (1963) - BluesRecordSoc
  • Mojo Buford's Blues Summit (1979) - Rooster Blues
  • Still Blowin' Strong (1996) - Blue Loon
  • Harpslinger (1996) - Blue Loon
  • State of the Blues Harp (1998) - JSP
  • Home Is Where My Harps Is (1998) - Blue Loon
  • Champagne & Reefer (live album) (1999) - Fedora Records
  • Chicago Blues Summit (2002) - P-Vine Records[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Bill Dahl. "George "Mojo" Buford | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 96. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ a b "George Mojo Buford, a Mississippi musician". Mswritersandmusicians.com. 1929-11-10. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Mojo Buford, former Muddy Waters harmonica player, has passed". Ameriblues.com. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "George "Mojo" Buford | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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