BUDDY GUY FACTS:
Hometown: Lettsworth, Louisiana
Albums: 65+ Albums since 1965
Awards: 5 Grammys, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, National Medal of Arts
Other: Pioneered the Chicago blues sound.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Buddy Guy has been wowing audiences for nearly 60 years. The Louisiana native is famous for his innovative stage show and is thought of as one of the most influential artists of the '50s and '60s. At 74-years-old, he remains an icon in the music industry and his bluesy riffs still resonate years later.
Though his career began in the late '50s, it did not take off until the latter half of the 1960s. One of his first forays into popular music came in the form of playing along side Junior Wells on his 1965 album Hoodoo Man Blues. Guy recorded two more album with Junior Wells and his band, and in 1968 he began to make a name for himself thanks to the release of A Man and the Blues. The album contained a number of popular tunes, including his version of the classic Motown song "Money (That's What I Want)."
Over the next several years, there were few artists who were more prolific than Buddy Guy. While there had been numerous blues artists before him, nobody was able to bridge the gap between blues and rock quite like he did. His influence can be seen in the play of such legends of rock and roll as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.
Guy continued to record and release albums throughout the '70s, but his production slowed somewhat during the '80s. However, he made a comeback in 1991 with the release of Damn Right, I've Got the Blues. The album contained Guy's versions of a number of popular blues standards including "Mustang Sally" and "Five Long Years."
In 2005, Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and that same year he released Bring 'Em In. He collaborated with a large number of icons in the music world, ranging from Carlos Santana to Keith Richards to John Mayer. In 2010, Guy dropped his most recent album, Living Proof. The record is meant to celebrate the entire span of his life, each song representing a different moment in time.
With five Grammy Awards under his belt and a long list of adoring fans, including some of the most famous artists of the last 50 years, Buddy Guy's contribution to music will certainly be remembered for years to come.