Phil Guy

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Phil Guy
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Phil Guy
Background information
Birth name Philip Guy
Born (1940-04-28)April 28, 1940
Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States
Died August 20, 2008(2008-08-20) (aged 68)
Chicago Heights, Illinois, United States
Genres Blues
Blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Electric guitar
Years active 1980s–2008
Labels JSP
Associated acts Junior Wells
Buddy Guy

Phil Guy (April 28, 1940[1] – August 20, 2008)[2] was an American blues guitarist. He was the younger brother of Buddy Guy.


Born in Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States,[1] Guy played with the harmonica player Raful Neal for ten years in the Baton Rouge area before relocating to Chicago in 1969 where he joined his brother's band. He played in Buddy's band at the time his older brother was starting to become known to more people as one of the innovators in blues guitar. They also collaborated extensively with Junior Wells in the 1970s, and Phil recorded a number of albums under his own name in the 1980s and 1990s, branching out into soul and funk. Phil can be seen in his self-described "hippie" phase in the film Festival Express in which the Guy band tours through southern Canada by train in 1970 with The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and The Band. Guy also worked with Maurice John Vaughn in 1979, notably converting the latter into a blues musician.[3]

Guy died of prostate cancer in August 2008 in Chicago Heights, Illinois, just a few months after being diagnosed.[1]


  • Bad Luck Boy (JSP Records, 1983)
  • It's a Real Mutha Fucka (JSP, 1985)
  • Tina Nu (JSP, 1989)
  • Tough Guy (Red Lightnin', 1989)
  • All Star Chicago Blues Session (JSP, 1994)
  • Breaking Out on Top (JSP, 1995)
  • Chicago's Hottest Guitars with Lurrie Bell (Wolf Records, 1998)
  • Say What You Mean (JSP, 2000)
  • He's My Blues Brother (2008) with Buddy Guy


  1. ^ a b c Bill Dahl. "Phil Guy | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Phil Guy, Buddy's brother, dead at 68". 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  3. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 179. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.