Tommy Bankhead

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Tommy Bankhead (October 24, 1931 – December 16, 2000) was an American Delta blues guitarist and singer who played with Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Elmore James (his cousin),[1] Joe Willie Wilkins, Robert Nighthawk, and Joe Hill Louis.[2] He sometimes played the bass guitar and harmonica. He released a few albums under his own name.[3] In his later years, he toured as Tommy Bankhead and the Blues Eldoradoes.

Bankhead was born in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi,[1] and lived in St. Louis, Missouri, for most of his life. He was a fixture in St. Louis blues for over fifty years. He died in St. Louis in December 2000, of respiratory failure due to emphysema.[2]


  1. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2000". Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  2. ^ a b Linda Seida (2000-12-16). "Tommy Bankhead | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  3. ^ "Tommy Bankhead profile". 2000-12-16. Retrieved 2014-05-29.