Chico Banks

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Chico Banks
Image of Chico Banks
Image of Chico Banks
Background information
Birth nameVernon Banks
Born(1962-03-07)March 7, 1962
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedDecember 3, 2008(2008-12-03) (aged 46)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresChicago blues, electric blues[1]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer
Years activeLate 1970s–2007

Chico Banks (March 7, 1962 – December 3, 2008)[2] was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer. He released one album, in 1997 on Evidence Music, produced by Grammy nominee Larry Hoffman. Banks was both a band-leader and premiere sideman, sought-after as a sideman in Chicago, having played with many of that city's best blues musicians from his late teens until his death at the age of 46. He is best known for his tracks "Your Fine" and "Candy Lickin' Man".[2] He was the son of the guitarist Jessie Banks, who played backing for the Mighty Clouds of Joy.

One commentator noted that Banks "focuses on good-time, upbeat blues".[1] He was an influence on the guitarist and singer Reggie Sears.[3]


He was born Vernon X. Banks in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Banks was inspired by Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Clay, George Benson and Tyrone Davis. His blues guitar playing incorporated jazz and funk stylings. He first played in a covers group in his mid-teens. He later worked with Guy and Clay and with Melvin Taylor, James Cotton, Little Milton, Magic Slim, and Big Time Sarah. He contributed to the album Long Way to Ol' Miss, by Willie Kent, recorded in 1996, as well as to the album Back in Chicago [1] by Freddie Roulette featured with Willie Kent and the Gents. It was in the studio during the Freddie Roulette session that Willie Kent suggested that Hoffman, the producer of that project, and Chico, work together.

His debut album, Candy Lickin' Man, including vocals by Mavis Staples, was produced by Larry Hoffman, and released by Evidence Records in 1997.[4] Banks played on Lee "Shot" Williams's album Let the Good Times Roll in 2002 and on Tyrone Davis's album Come to Daddy in 2003.[5]

In 2007, Banks underwent surgery for a faulty heart valve.[6] He died in Chicago in December 2008.[2][6]

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  1. ^ a b c d Richard Skelly. "Chico Banks". AllMusic. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Doc Rock (n.d.). "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2008 January to June". Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Reggie Sears | Similar Artists, Influenced By, Followers". AllMusic. n.d. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Bob Gottlieb (n.d.). "Candy Lickin' Man – Chico Banks | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Chico Banks | Credits". AllMusic. December 4, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Linda Cain (n.d.). "Chicago blues guitarist Vernon "Chico" Banks dies at age 47". Retrieved October 14, 2011.