buddy guy blues music facts



  • Young Buddy set out to emulate his hero Guitar Slim, who he saw in the clubs of Baton Rouge.




  • When he moved to Chicago in 1957, he won a 'Battle of the Blues' at The Blue Flame Club, beating Magic Sam and Otis Rush.



  • Willie Dixon took Buddy under his wing at Cobra Records and took him to Chess as a solo star and session man.



  • He appeared on Junior Wells' 1965 'Hoodoo Man' album, billed as 'Friendly Chap', and started a partnership that lasted over 30 years.



  • Buddy opened Eric Clapton's '24 Nights at The Albert Hall', and played at several of his Crossroads Guitar Festivals.



  • Buddy persuaded President Obama to sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' at a White House Blues show.



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