List of blues musicians

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Performers in the blues style range from primitive, one-chord Delta players to big bands to country music to rock and roll to classical music.

Early country blues[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Blind Blake 1896 1934
Black Ace 1907 1972
Pink Anderson 1900 1973
Kokomo Arnold 1901 1968
Lead Belly 1889 1949
Barbecue Bob 1902 1931
Son Bonds 1909 1947
Big Bill Broonzy 1893 1958
Gabriel Brown 1910 1972
Kitty Brown unknown unknown
King Solomon Hill 1897 1949
Rabbit Brown 1880 1937
Willie Brown 1900 1952
Gus Cannon 1883 1979
Alice Leslie Carter unknown unknown
Sam Collins 1887 1949
Martha Copeland unknown unknown
Elizabeth Cotten 1895 1987
Floyd Council 1911 1976
Ida Cox 1896 1967
Reverend Gary Davis 1896 1972
Madlyn Davis unknown unknown
Mattie Delaney 1905 unknown
Little Buddy Doyle 1911 unknown
Archie Edwards 1918 1998
Sleepy John Estes 1904 1977
William Ezell 1892 1963
Blind Boy Fuller 1908 1941
Jesse Fuller 1896 1976
Jazz Gillum 1904 1966
Lillian Glinn 1902 1978
Ida Goodson 1909 2000
Coot Grant 1893 unknown
Arvella Gray 1906 1980
Shirley Griffith 1908 1974
Hattie Hart unknown unknown
Silas Hogan 1911 1994
Smokey Hogg 1914 1960
Lightnin' Hopkins 1912 1982
Son House 1902 1988
Peg Leg Howell 1888 1966
Alberta Hunter 1895 1984
Mississippi John Hurt 1893 1966
Jim Jackson 1884 1937
John Jackson 1924 2002
Skip James 1902 1969
Blind Lemon Jefferson 1893 1929
Blind Willie Johnson 1897 1945
Lonnie Johnson 1894 1970
Mary Johnson 1900 1970
Robert Johnson 1911 1938
Tommy Johnson 1896 1956
Lottie Kimbrough 1900 unknown
Rubin Lacey 1901 1969
Furry Lewis 1899 1981
Charley Lincoln 1900 1963
Mance Lipscomb 1895 1976
Virginia Liston 1890 1932
Robert Lockwood, Jr. 1915 2006
Cripple Clarence Lofton 1887 1957
Eddie Mapp 1910 1931
Mississippi Fred McDowell 1904 1972
Brownie McGhee 1915 1996
Blind Willie McTell 1901 1959
Big Maceo Merriweather 1905 1953
Hazel Meyers unknown unknown
Memphis Minnie 1897 1973
Buddy Moss 1914 1984
Charlie Patton 1891 1934
Buster Pickens 1916 1964
Joe Pullum 1905 1964
Ma Rainey 1886 1939
Bull City Red unknown unknown
Piano Red 1911 1985
Tampa Red 1904 1981
Walter Roland 1900 1970
Washboard Sam 1910 1966
Dan Sane 1896 1956
Irene Scruggs 1901 1981
Alec Seward 1902 1972
Robert Shaw 1908 1985
Henry "Son" Sims 1890 1958
Bumble Bee Slim 1905 1968
Bessie Smith 1894 1937
Laura Smith unknown 1932
Charlie Spand unknown unknown
Victoria Spivey 1908 1976
Freddie Spruell 1893 1956
Frank Stokes 1888 1955
Baby Tate 1916 1972
Sonny Terry 1911 1986
Henry Thomas 1874 1930
Ramblin' Thomas 1902 1945
Henry Townsend 1909 2006
Bessie Tucker unknown unknown
Sippie Wallace 1898 1986
Curley Weaver 1906 1962
Sylvester Weaver 1897 1960
Casey Bill Weldon 1909 1967
Peetie Wheatstraw 1902 1941
Bukka White 1909 1977
Josh White 1914 1969
Sonny Boy Williamson II 1914 1948
Ralph Willis 1910 1957
Wesley Wilson 1893 1958

Early urban blues[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Ora Alexander unknown unknown
Gladys Bentley 1907 1960
Lucille Bogan 1897 1948
Bessie Brown 1890 1955
Reverend Gary Davis 1896 1972
Georgia Tom Dorsey 1899 1993
Lil Green 1919 1954
Lucille Hegamin 1894 1970
Alberta Hunter 1895 1984
Papa Charlie Jackson c.1890 1938
Edith North Johnson 1903 1988
James "Stump" Johnson 1902 1969
Maggie Jones c.1900 unknown
Whistlin' Alex Moore 1899 1989
Ma Rainey 1886 1939
Bessie Smith 1894 1937
Clara Smith c.1894 1935
Mamie Smith 1883 1946
Ruby Smith 1903 1977
Charlie Spand unknown unknown
Walter Vinson 1901 1975
Sippie Wallace 1898 1986
Ethel Waters 1896 1977
Jabo Williams unknown unknown
Oscar "Buddy" Woods c.1895 1955

Pre-World War II jazz blues[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Albert Ammons 1907 1949
Louis Armstrong 1901 1971
Sidney Bechet 1897 1959
Leroy Carr 1905 1935
Walter Davis 1912 1963
Johnny Dodds 1892 1940
Champion Jack Dupree c.1909 1992
Ivory Joe Hunter 1914 1974
St. Louis Jimmy Oden 1903 1977
Meade Lux Lewis 1905 1964
Little Brother Montgomery c.1906 1985
Big Maceo Merriweather 1905 1953
Kansas Joe McCoy 1905 1950
Speckled Red 1892 1973
Papa Charlie McCoy 1909 1950
Jay McShann 1916 2006
Roy Milton 1907 1983
Jelly Roll Morton 1890 1941
Jimmy Rushing 1902 1972
Roosevelt Sykes 1906 1983
Big Joe Turner 1911 1985
Sam Taylor 1916 1990
T-Bone Walker 1910 1975

Postwar blues[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Mose Allison 1927
Buster Benton 1932 1996
Charles Brown 1922 1999
Roy Brown 1925 1981
George "Mojo" Buford 1929 2011
Carolina Slim 1923 1953
Good Rockin' Charles 1933 1989
Ray Charles 1930 2004
Gary B.B. Coleman 1947 1994
Pee Wee Crayton 1914 1985
James Crutchfield 1912 2001
Larry Davis 1936 1994
Little Sammy Davis 1928
Floyd Dixon 1929 2006
Champion Jack Dupree c.1909 1992
Bob Gaddy 1924 1997
Terry Garland 1953
Clarence Garlow 1911 1986
Larry Garner 1952
James Harman 1946
Wynonie Harris 1915 1969
Duke Henderson unknown 1972
Louis Jordan 1908 1975
Booker T. Laury 1914 1995
Little Willie Littlefield 1931
Willie Love 1906 1953
Percy Mayfield 1920 1984
Amos Milburn 1927 1980
Dave Peabody 1948
Pinetop Perkins 1913 2011
Piano Red 1911 1985
J.D. Short 1902 1962
Frankie Lee Sims 1917 1970
Memphis Slim 1915 1988
Smoky Babe 1927 1975
Houston Stackhouse 1910 1980
Lonesome Sundown 1928 1995
Lavelle White 1929
Joe Willie Wilkins 1921 1981
Lester Williams 1920 1990
Smokey Wilson 1936
U.P. Wilson 1934 2004
Jimmy Witherspoon 1923 1997

Kansas City blues[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Scrapper Blackwell 1903 1962
Walter Brown 1917 1956
Jay McShann 1916 2006
Arnold Moore 1914 2005
Jimmy Rushing c.1902 1972
Big Joe Turner 1911 1985

Later styles[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Little Hatch 1921 2003
Lee McBee 1951

Chicago/Detroit blues[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Muddy Waters 1913 1983
Luther Allison 1939 1997
John Henry Barbee 1905 1964
Lefty Bates 1920 2007
Carey Bell 1936 2007
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 1928 2012
Paul Butterfield 1942 1987
Eddie Boyd 1914 1994
David Riley 1949
James Cotton 1935
Blind John Davis 1913 1985
Bo Diddley 1928 2008
Willie Dixon 1915 1992
Lefty Dizz 1937 1993
David "Honeyboy" Edwards 1915 2011
Leroy Foster 1923 1958
Calvin Frazier 1915 1972
Buddy Guy 1936
Phil Guy 1940 2008
Shakey Jake Harris 1921 1990
Earl Hooker 1929 1970
John Lee Hooker 1917 2001
Big Walter Horton 1918 1981
J. B. Hutto 1926 1983
Elmore James 1918 1963
Bobo Jenkins 1916 1984
L.V. Johnson 1946 1994
Floyd Jones 1917 1989
Moody Jones 1908 1988
Albert King 1924 1992
Eddie King 1938 2012
Freddie King 1934 1976
Bonnie Lee 1931 2006
Hip Linkchain 1936 1989
James Montgomery (singer) 1949
Nick Moss 1972
Charlie Musselwhite 1944
Robert Nighthawk 1909 1967
Odie Payne 1926 1989
Pinetop Perkins 1913 2011
Snooky Pryor 1921 2006
Boogie Woogie Red 1925 1985
Jimmy Reed 1925 1976
Soko Richardson 1939 2004
Jimmy Rogers 1924 1997
Otis Rush 1934
Magic Sam 1937 1970
Eddie Shaw 1937
Johnny Shines 1915 1992
Little Mack Simmons 1933 2000
Magic Slim 1937 2013
Little Smokey Smothers 1939 2010
Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers 1929 1993
Little Sonny 1932 2000
Otis Spann 1930 1970
Arthur "Big Boy" Spires 1912 1990
Bob Stroger 1939
Eddie Taylor 1923 1985
Hound Dog Taylor 1915 1975
The Butler Twins 1942 2003 /2004
Little Walter 1930 1968
Baby Boy Warren 1919 1977
Joe Weaver 1934 2006
Big Mama Thornton 1926 1984
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker 1927 1999
Carl Weathersby 1953
Junior Wells 1934 1998
Jody Williams 1935
Johnny Williams 1906 2006
Sonny Boy Williamson I 1918 1948
Sonny Boy Williamson II c.1912 1965
Washboard Willie 1909 1991
Howlin' Wolf 1910 1976
Big John Wrencher 1923 1977
Johnny "Man" Young 1918 1974

Modern blues (post 1950s)[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Duane Allman 1946 1971
Gaye Adegbalola 1944
Kip Anderson 1938 2007
James Anthony 1955
Memphis Willie B. 1911 1993
Back Alley John 1955 2006
Etta Baker 1913 2006
Marcia Ball 1949
Johnnie Bassett 1935 2012
Eric Bibb 1951
Elvin Bishop 1942
Bobby Bland 1930
Rory Block 1949
Mike Bloomfield 1943 1981
The Blues Brothers
Roy Book Binder 1943
Delaney Bramlett 1939 2009
Freddie Brooks 1962
Lonnie Brooks 1933
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown 1924 2005
Texas Johnny Brown 1928 2013
Charles Caldwell 1943 2003
Bob Brozman 1954 2013
Roy Buchanan 1939 1988
Eric Burdon 1941
Michael Burks 1957 2012
Jimmy Burns 1943
Aron Burton 1938
Catfish Keith 1962
Eric Clapton 1945
Albert Collins 1932 1993
Johnny Copeland 1937 1997
Al Copley 1952
Robert Cray 1953
Yavuz Çetin 1970 2001
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis 1925 1995
Willie Dixon 1915 1992
Little Arthur Duncan 1934 2008
Big Joe Duskin 1921 2007
Johnny Dyer 1938
Snooks Eaglin 1936 2009
Robert Ealey 1925 2001
Clarence Edwards 1933 1993
Margie Evans 1940
Terry Evans 1937
John Fahey 1939 2001
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Billy Flynn 1956
Robben Ford 1951
Carol Fran 1933
Denny Freeman 1944
Steve Freund 1952
Johnny Fuller 1929 1985
Earl Gaines 1935 2009
Grady Gaines 1934
Roy Gaines 1934
Rory Gallagher 1948 1995
Paul Geremia 1944
Billy F. Gibbons 1949
Lacy Gibson 1936 2011
Peter Green 1946
Guitar Slim, Jr. 1951
Steve Guyger 1952
Sandra Hall c. 1948
Larry Hamilton 1951 2011
John P. Hammond 1942
Ernie Hawkins 1947
Ted Hawkins 1936 1995
Johnny Heartsman 1937 1996
Scott Henderson 1954
Jimi Hendrix 1942 1970
Z.Z. Hill 1935 1984
Bob Hite 1943 1981
John Dee Holeman 1929
John Lee Hooker 1917 2001
Lightnin' Hopkins 1912 1982
James Hunter 1962
Long John Hunter 1931
Ironing Board Sam 1939
Fruteland Jackson 1953
Colin James 1964
Etta James 1938 2012
Steve James 1950
Jimmy Johnson 1928
Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson 1934 1976
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones 1948
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones 1926 2010
Little Sonny Jones 1931 1989
Tutu Jones 1966
Janis Joplin 1943 1970
Jo Ann Kelly 1944 1990
E.G. Kight 1966
B.B. King 1925
Freddie King 1934 1976
Little Freddie King 1940
Bob Kirkpatrick 1934
Ernie Lancaster 1953
Lady Bianca 1953
Sammy Lawhorn 1935 1990
Calvin Leavy 1940 2010
Alvin Lee 1944 2013
Frankie Lee 1941
Lovie Lee 1909 1997
The Legendary Blues Band
John "Juke" Logan 1954 2013
Lonnie Mack 1941
Cash McCall 1941
Doug Macleod 1946
Janiva Magness 1957
Taj Mahal 1942
J.J. Malone 1935 2004
Johnny Mars 1942
John Mayall 1933
Pete Mayes 1938 2008
Floyd Miles 1943
Luke "Long Gone" Miles 1925 1987
Keb' Mo' 1951
Gary Moore 1952 2011
Johnny B. Moore 1950
Mike Morgan 1959
Sam Myers 1936
Slash 1965
Steve Nardella 1948
John Németh 1976
Sugar Ray Norcia unknown
Darrell Nulisch 1952
Odetta 1930 2008
Jimmy Page 1944
Rod Piazza 1947
Lonnie Pitchford 1955 1998
Lou Pride 1944 2012
Gary Primich 1958 2007
Kid Ramos 1959
Louisiana Red 1932 2012
Sherman Robertson 1948
Fenton Robinson 1935 1997
Mighty Mo Rodgers 1942
Roy Rogers 1950
Roomful of Blues
Freddie Roulette 1939
Bobby Rush 1940
Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women
Ken Saydak unknown
Seasick Steve c.1940
Magic Slim 1937 2013
Son Seals 1942 2004
Harmonica Shah 1946
Roscoe Shelton 1931 2002
Lightnin' Slim 1913 1974
Drink Small 1933
Barkin' Bill Smith 1928 2000
Moses "Whispering" Smith 1932 1984
Arbee Stidham 1917 1988
Angela Strehli 1945
Koko Taylor 1935 2009
Mick Taylor 1949
Tabby Thomas 1929
Rufus Thomas 1917 2001
Ron Thompson 1953
George Thorogood 1950
Andrew Tibbs 1929 1991
Ali Farka Touré 1939 2006
Robin Trower 1945
Walter Trout 1951
Titus Turner 1933 1984
Jimmie Vaughan 1951
Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954 1990
Mose Vinson 1917 2002
Willie D. Warren 1924 2000
Boogie Bill Webb 1924 1990
Stan Webb 1946
Valerie Wellington 1959 1993
Golden "Big" Wheeler 1929 1998
Lil' Ed Williams 1955
Johnny Winter 1944
Alan Wilson 1943 1970
Mitch Woods 1951

Blues since 1990[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Alto Reed 1975
Jim Allchin 1951
John Altenburgh 1960
Grego Anderson 1968
James Anthony 1955
James Armstrong 1957
Gwyn Ashton 1961
Dan Auerbach 1979
Chico Banks 1962 2008
L.V. Banks 1932 2011
Barrelhouse Chuck 1958
Chris Beard 1957
Tab Benoit 1967
Scott H. Biram 1974
Deanna Bogart 1960
Joe Bonamassa 1977
Pat Boyack 1967
Ronnie Baker Brooks 1967
Kenny Brown 1953
R. L. Burnside 1926 2005
Tommy Castro 1959
Claudia Carawan 1959
Michael Coleman 1956
Joanna Connor 1962
Shemekia Copeland 1979
Murali Coryell 1969
Sean Costello 1979 2008
Boo Boo Davis 1943
Guy Davis 1952
Thornetta Davis 1969
Johnny Drummer 1938
Chris Duarte 1964
Ronnie Earl 1953
Tinsley Ellis 1957
Sue Foley 1968
Anson Funderburgh 1954
Anthony Gomes 1975
Otis Grand 1950
Alvin Youngblood Hart 1965
Jeff Healey 1966 2008
Ron Holloway 1953
Rick Holmstrom 1965
Colin James 1964
Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones 1941
Paul "Wine" Jones 1946
Gene Kelton c.1955
Junior Kimbrough 1930 1998
Chris Thomas King 1964
Little Jimmy King 1964 2002
Davy Knowles 1987
Paul Lamb 1955
Jonny Lang 1981
Wolf Mail 1972
John Mayer 1977
Larry McCray 1960
Harry Manx unknown
Coco Montoya 1951
Bobby Murray 1953
Kenny Neal 1957
North Mississippi Allstars
Blind Mississippi Morris 1955
Charlie Parr unknown
Neal Pattman 1926 2005
Asie Payton 1937 1997
Kelly Joe Phelps 1959
Ana Popović 1976
Roxanne Potvin 1982
Johnny Rawls 1951
Del Rey 1959
Mason Ruffner 1953
Matt Schofield 1977
Reggie Sears 1991
Todd Sharpville 1970
Kenny Wayne Shepherd 1976
Ian Siegal 1971
Bobby Sowell 1947
Dave Specter 1963
Cootie Stark 1927 2005
Otis Taylor 1948
Susan Tedeschi 1970
Jimmy Thackery 1953
T-Model Ford 1924
Derek Trucks 1979
Redd Velvet 1968
Joe Louis Walker 1949
Seth Walker 1974
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne 1944
Jack White 1975
Rusty Zinn 1970
Yavuz Çetin 1970 2001

Female musicians[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Debbie Davies 1952
Candye Kane 1965

Blues in conventional pop music[edit]

Name Birth year Death year Song(s) / Work
Harold Arlen 1905 1986 "Blues in the Night" and "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
Wayne Baker Brooks 1970 "Something Going Down"
Duke Ellington 1899 1974 "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"
George Gershwin 1898 1937 Porgy and Bess

Blues in country music[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Johnny Cash 1932 2003
Charlie Daniels 1936
Merle Haggard 1937
Jerry Lee Lewis 1935
Bill Monroe 1911 1996
Moon Mullican 1909 1967
Jimmie Rodgers 1897 1933
Hank Williams 1923 1953

Blues influence in classical music[edit]

Name Birth year Death year Work(s)
George Gershwin 1898 1937 "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Concerto in F"
Honegger 1892 1955 "Pacific 231"
William Grant Still 1895 1978 "Afro-American Symphony"

Blues in African music[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Ramon Goose 1977
Ali Farka Toure 1939 2006

Blues in contemporary rock and pop music[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Alto Reed
The Animals
The Black Keys
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Blues Explosion
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
Nick Cave 1957
Clutch
Bob Dylan 1941
The Kinks
G. Love & Special Sauce
Ben Harper 1969
Richard Johnston unknown
Norah Jones 1979
Chris Thomas King 1962
Lenny Kravitz 1964
Led Zeppelin
Los Lonely Boys
Hans Olson unknown
Robert Plant 1948
Bonnie Raitt 1949
The Rolling Stones
Thin Lizzy
The White Stripes
The Who
ZZ Top
Whitesnake

Blues from Europe[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Bjørn Berge 1968
Cuby + Blizzards
Herman Brood 1946 2001
Oli Brown 1990
Eric Burdon 1941
Yavuz Çetin 1970 2001
Eric Clapton 1945
Cyril Davies 1932 1964
Christian Dozzler 1958
Lonnie Donegan 1931 2002
Elmore D 1946
Peter Green 1946
Rory Gallagher 1948 1995
Jo Ann Kelly 1944 1990
John Kirkbride 1946
Davy Knowles 1987
Alexis Korner 1928 1984
Alvin Lee 1944 2013
John Mayall 1933
Gary Moore 1952 2011
Neal Pattman 1926 2005
Ana Popović 1976
Matt Schofield 1977
Todd Sharpville 1970
Ian Siegal 1971
Mick Taylor 1949
Hans Theessink 1948
Fabio Treves 1949
Axel Zwingenberger 1955

Blues from Latin America[edit]

Name Birth year Death year
Nuno Mindelis 1957
Pappo 1950 2005
Carlos Santana 1947

Blues from India[edit]

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