October 28, 1932|
|Died||May 2, 2011
|Genres||Chicago blues, electric blues, soul blues|
|Occupations||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
L.V. Banks (October 28, 1932 – May 2, 2011) was an American Chicago blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a respected club performer in Chicago for many years, before recording two albums for Wolf Records.
Life and career
Banks was born in Stringtown, Mississippi. He taught himself to play the guitar and fronted his own blues band in Greenville, Mississippi. His musical influences came from B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Milton. Banks had moved to St. Louis, Missouri, before he was drafted to the U.S. Army, and after his duty was over, in the early 1960s he relocated to Chicago, Illinois. He played on Maxwell Street, and later was a regular fixture for over three decades in local clubs, particularly on the South Side. In the early 1990s, Banks acted as mentor to the then teenaged blues musician, Marty Sammon.
Banks debut album was Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear, which was released in June 1998 on the Austrian based record label, Wolf. John Primer played guitar on the album. Banks' follow-up and final album release was titled Ruby (2000, Wolf).
|1998||Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear||Wolf Records|
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