Joe "Guitar" Hughes

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Joe "Guitar" Hughes
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Joe "Guitar" Hughes in 1983
Background information
Birth name Maurice Hughes
Born (1937-09-29)September 29, 1937
Houston, Texas, United States
Died May 20, 2003(2003-05-20) (aged 65)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Texas blues
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1950s–2003

Joe "Guitar" Hughes (born Maurice Hughes, September 29, 1937 – May 20, 2003)[1] was an American blues musician, from Houston, Texas, United States.


Hughes was inspired by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Johnny "Guitar" Watson – "anyone who had fire in their playing and a good shuffle".[2] His first band was the Dukes Of Rhythm in the 1950s, which also included his friend Johnny Copeland.[3] He worked with Little Richard and in Bobby Bland's band in the 1960s.[2]

He toured in Europe starting in the 1980s and released Texas Guitar Master on the Dutch label Double Trouble Records in 1986. The album included a live track with Hughes and fellow guitarist Pete Mayes.[2] If You Want to See The Blues was released by Black Top Records in 1989.[3]

Hughes died of a heart attack on May 20, 2003.[3][4]

Selected discography[edit]

  • 1986 - Texas Guitar Master (Double Trouble) featuring Pete Mayes
  • 1988 - Craftsman (Double Trouble)
  • 1989 - If You Want To See The Blues (Black Top)
  • 1995 - Down & Depressed (The Network)
  • 1996 - Live At Vrendenburg (Double Trouble)
  • 1996 - Texas Guitar Slinger (Bullseye Blues)
  • 2001 - Stuff Like That (Blues Express)[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 403. ISBN 978-0313344237. 
  2. ^ a b c Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 119. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ a b c Allmusic biography - accessed January 2008
  4. ^ Obituary: Joe "Guitar" Hughes; Independent, The (London), May 26, 2003 by Paul Wadey - accessed January 2008[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Allmusic discography

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