Calvin "Fuzz" Jones

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Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
Born (1926-06-09)June 9, 1926
Greenwood, Mississippi, United States
Died August 9, 2010(2010-08-09) (aged 84)
Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Genres Electric blues[1]
Occupation(s) Bassist, singer
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1960s–2000s

Calvin "Fuzz" Jones (June 9, 1926  – August 9, 2010) was an American electric blues bassist and singer. He worked with many blues musicians including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, the Legendary Blues Band, Mississippi Heat, James Cotton, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Little Walter, Elmore James, and Cassandra Wilson.[1][2]

He contributed to the collaborative 1996 album, Eye to Eye, which also featured Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Ronnie Earl and Bruce Katz.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Jones was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, United States.[1] He was raised on a farm close to Inverness, Mississippi.[4] In his childhood he learned to play both the violin and acoustic bass, before graduating to the electric bass guitar, which became his instrument of choice.[1]

In 1970, he joined the backing band of Muddy Waters, and played with them until 1980.[5] He played on albums such as They Call Me Muddy Waters (1971),[6] Muddy "Mississippi" Waters – Live (1979),[7] and King Bee (1981).[2] He became known for his "strong electric bass playing, rocking stage presence, deep blues singing, and the friendly laugh and smile he had for all".[8]

In the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, Jones appeared as the bassist in the blues band on Maxwell Street, Chicago, outside the Soul Food Cafe.[9] The same year, Jones, along with others from Muddy Waters backing group, formed the Legendary Blues Band. They recorded seven albums with Jones playing bass, and occasionally providing vocals, before splitting up in 1993.[1]

Jones also recorded with Mississippi Heat appearing on their debut album, Straight From The Heart (1993). His contributed both bass guitar duties as well as singing lead vocal on one track, "Ruby Mae". The song was written by fellow band member Billy Flynn for Jones wife, Ruby Mae Jones.[1] He also appeared at the Long Beach Blues Festival that year.

Jones also had spells playing with the Muddy Waters Tribute Band (You Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead & Gone), 1997),[2][10] the Howlin' Wolf Tribute Band, and the Jelly Roll All-Stars.[1] In 1999, Jones played on Barrelhouse Chuck's debut album, Salute to Sunnyland Slim.[11] He backed Cassandra Wilson on her 2003 album, Glamoured,[12] as well as her recording of "Vietnam Blues, the latter written by J. B. Lenoir.[1]

In later years, Jones lived in Senatobia, Mississippi.[8] He died in Southaven, Mississippi, from complications of lung cancer and a heart attack, in August 2010, aged 84.[2]


Collaboration albums[edit]

Year Title Record label
1996 Eye to Eye Audioquest Records


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Calvin "Fuzz" Jones - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Blues Legend Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, R.I.P". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Eye to Eye - Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, Pinetop Perkins, Ronnie Earl, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Calvin "Fuzz" Jones | Blogs | Delta Boogie Network". Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Calvin "Fuzz" Jones - Rest in Peace - Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale MS". Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  6. ^ "They Call Me Muddy Waters [I] - Muddy Waters : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live - Muddy Waters : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  8. ^ a b Margolin, Bob (2010). "Obituaries: Calvin "Fuzz" Jones". Juke Blues. Juke Blues Magazine (70): 58. 
  9. ^ "Calvin 'Fuzz' Jones". Blues Brothers Central. 1926-06-09. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  10. ^ Hoffman, Steve (1997-01-21). "You Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead & Gone) - Muddy Waters Tribute Band : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  11. ^ Simmons, Earl (1999-02-16). "Salute to Sunnyland Slim - Barrelhouse Chuck : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  12. ^ "Glamoured - Cassandra Wilson : Credits". AllMusic. 2003-10-07. Retrieved 2013-03-16.