Doctor Ross

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Doctor Ross
Birth name Charles Isaiah Ross
Born (1925-10-21)October 21, 1925
Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Died May 28, 1993(1993-05-28) (aged 67)
Genres Detroit blues
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist, harmonica player, drummer, one-man band
Instruments Harmonica, drums
Years active 1951–1993

Doctor Ross (October 21, 1925 – May 28, 1993),[1] born Charles Isaiah Ross in Tunica, Mississippi, aka Doctor Ross, the harmonica boss, was an American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and drummer.[2]

Ross's blues style has been compared to John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. His recordings for Sun Records in the 1950s include "The Boogie Disease" and "Chicago Breakdown".


In 1951 Ross's material began to get air play in Mississippi and Arkansas. He recorded with Chess Records and Sun with a group that included folk instruments such as a washboard .[2]

In 1954 Ross moved to the Detroit area and began work with General Motors.[2] He recorded some singles with Fortune Records, including "Cat Squirrel" and "Industrial Boogie". He had an album come out on Testament Records and worked with the American Folk Blues Festival in Europe in 1965.[2]

He recorded an album with Blue Horizon Records while he was in London, and worked with Ornament Records in Germany in 1972.[3] Ross and his music were popular in Europe, more so than in his home country.[2]

Ross won a Grammy for his 1981 album Rare Blues, and subsequently enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim towards the end of his career.

He died in 1993, at the age of 67, and was buried in Flint, Michigan.

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  1. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Doctor Ross | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 163. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Wirz, Stefan (January 8, 2010). "Ornament Discography". American Music. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 

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