Phil Guy

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Phil Guy
Background information
Birth namePhilip Guy
Born(1940-04-28)April 28, 1940
Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States
DiedAugust 20, 2008(2008-08-20) (aged 68)
Chicago Heights, Illinois, United States
Blues rock
Instrument(s)Electric guitar
Years active1980s–2008

Phil Guy (April 28, 1940[1] – August 20, 2008)[2] was an American blues guitarist. He was the younger brother of blues guitarist Buddy Guy. Phil and Buddy Guy were frequent collaborators and contribute both guitar and vocal performances on many of each other's albums.


Guy was born in Lettsworth, Louisiana.[1] He played with the harmonica player Raful Neal for ten years in the Baton Rouge area.[3] He then relocated to Chicago in 1969, where he joined his brother's band, at the time when his brother was becoming known as an innovator in blues guitar.[3] The brothers collaborated extensively with Junior Wells in the 1970s.[3]

Guy recorded a number of albums under his own name in the 1980s and 1990s,[3] branching out into soul and funk. He can be seen in his self-described hippie phase in the film Festival Express, in which the Guy band tours southern Canada by train in 1970 with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and the Band. Guy worked with Maurice John Vaughn in 1979, notably converting him into a blues musician.[4]

Guy died of prostate cancer on August 20, 2008, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, just a few months after diagnosis of the disease.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Dahl, Bill. "Phil Guy: Biography". Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  2. ^ "Phil Guy, Buddy's Brother, Dead at 68". 2008-08-21. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  3. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Blues (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 157. ISBN 0-85112-673-1.
  4. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 179. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.