Jimmy Dawkins

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Jimmy Dawkins
Jimmy Dawkins.jpg
Jimmy Dawkins in March 1981
Background information
Birth name James Henry Dawkins
Born (1936-10-24)October 24, 1936
Tchula, Mississippi, United States
Died April 10, 2013(2013-04-10) (aged 76)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active Late 1960s–2013
Labels Delmark, Storyville, Earwig Music

James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins (October 24, 1936 – April 10, 2013) was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer.[1] He was generally considered a part of the "West Side Sound" of Chicago blues.[2] He was born in Tchula, Mississippi, United States.[3]


He moved to Chicago in 1955.[4] He worked in a box factory, and started to play local blues clubs, gaining a reputation as a session musician.

In 1969, thanks to the efforts of his friend Magic Sam, he released his first album Fast Fingers on Delmark Records, winning the "Grand Prix du Disque" from the Hot Club de France.[4][5] In 1971, Delmark released his second album All For Business with singer, Andrew Odom, and the guitarist, Otis Rush.[1] Dawkins also toured in the late 1970s backed up by James Solberg (of Luther Allison and The Nighthawks fame) on guitar and Jon Preizler (The Lamont Cranston Band, Luther Allison), a Seattle based Hammond B-3 player known for his soulful jazz influenced style. Other musicians that toured with Jimmy Dawkins in the late 1970s were Jimi Schutte (drummer), Sylvester Boines (bass), Rich Kirch and Billy Flynn (guitars). With this combination of musicians Dawkins also toured Europe.

Dawkins began to tour in Europe and Japan and recorded more albums in the United States and Europe.[4] Dawkins also contributed a column to the blues magazine Living Blues. In the 1980s he released few recordings, but began his own record label, Leric Records, and was more interested in promoting other artists,[4] including Taildragger, Queen Sylvia Embry, Little Johnny Christian and Nora Jean Bruso (nee Wallace).

Dawkins died of undisclosed causes on April 10, 2013, aged 76.[6]



  • Fast Fingers (1969) - Delmark Records
  • All for Business (1971) - Delmark Records
  • Jimmy Dawkins (1971)
  • Tribute to Orange (1971)
  • Transatlantic 770 (1972)
  • Blisterstring (1976) - Delmark Records
  • Come Back Baby (1976) - Storyville Records
  • Hot Wire '81 (1981) with Rich Kirch, Sylvester Boines, Jimi Schutte Recorded in Paris
  • Jimmy and Hip: Live! (1982)
  • Feel the Blues (1985)
  • All Blues (1986)
  • Chicago on My Mind - Living the Blues (1991) - recording in 1971 (Vogue Records)
  • Kant Sheck Dees Bluze (1992) - Earwig Music Company
  • Blues and Pain (1994)[7]
  • B Phur Real (1995)
  • Me, My Gitar & the Blues (1997)
  • Vol. 2 - I Want to Know (1999) - recording in 1975 (Storyville Records)
  • Born in Poverty (1999) - recording in 1972 & 1974 (Black & Blue Records)
  • American Roots: Blues (2002) - compilation 1994-1997
  • West Side Guitar Hero (2002)
  • Tell Me Baby (2004)

With other artists[edit]

  • Blues Queen Sylvia & Jimmy Dawkins - Midnight Baby (1983)
  • Jimmy Dawkins / Chicago Beau / Blue Ice Bragason - Blues from Iceland (1991)
  • Sunnyland Slim & Big Voice Odom - Chicago Blues Festival 1974 with Jimmy Dawkins (2005)


  1. ^ a b Bill Dahl. "Jimmy Dawkins | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  2. ^ "New York Magazine". Books.google.com. 1994-10-10. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  3. ^ Gérard Herzhaft. "Encyclopedia of the Blues". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 106. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  5. ^ Ted Gioia. "Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who ...". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  6. ^ Ben Connor. "Jimmy 'Fast Fingers' Dawkins Dead: Blues Guitarist Dies at 76". Spinner.ca. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  7. ^ "JazzTimes". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 


  • Sharp, Steven, March/April 1993, 'Jimmy Dawkins: Deep Into The Feelings', Living Blues, Vol. 108

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