Famous 20th Century Blues Musicians

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 1 
Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Birthdate: October 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician. Stevie achieved so much in his mainstream career, that spanned only seven years, that he is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists ever and one of the most influential and iconic musicians in the blues music history. He is credited with reviving blues-rock and his work continues to influence several artists.

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Robert Johnson
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Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

 3 
Mark Knopfler
(Former lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits)
Mark Knopfler
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Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Best known as the lead guitarist and singer of the popular rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler is one of Britain’s most celebrated guitar icons. Known for hits such as Sultans of Swing, he and his band also released Brothers in Arms, one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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 4 
Charlie Watts
(Drummer)
Charlie Watts
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Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24, 2021

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

 5 
Pat Boone
(Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Pat Boone
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Birthdate: June 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville
 6 
Wynonna Judd
(One of the Best-Selling Country Artists of All Time)
Wynonna Judd
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Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky, United States

Wynonna Judd is an American country music singer. One of the most decorated female country singers of her generation, Judd was honored with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame for her contribution to music. Also a philanthropist, Judd joined hands with Habitat for Humanity and helped raise more than $90 million to aid victims of natural disasters.

 7 
Gregory Porter
(singer, composer, singer-songwriter, jazz musician, stage actor)
Gregory Porter
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Birthdate: November 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sacramento
 8 
Bonnie Raitt
(Blues Singer and Guitarist )
Bonnie Raitt
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Birthdate: November 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

Bonnie Raitt is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Despite little commercial success at the beginning of her career, Raitt remained persistent until she had her first major hit in 1989. She has been named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time lists. She also supports organizations like Little Kids Rock.

 9 
Billy Preston
(Musician & Songwriter)
Billy Preston
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Birthdate: September 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: June 6, 2006

Billy Preston was an American musician and top session keyboardist who worked with popular artists like Ray Charles, Reverend James Cleveland, Sam Cooke, and the Beatles. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Preston struggled throughout his life with his sexual orientation. He chose not to come out as gay until before his death, due to his religious beliefs.

 10 
Bessie Smith
(One of the Greatest Female Blues Singers of the 1930s)
Bessie Smith
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Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 26, 1937

Bessie Smith was an American singer who gained popularity during the Jazz Age. Dubbed the Empress of the Blues, Smith was one of the most famous blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. Counted among the greatest singers of her generation, Bessie Smith was a major influence on several other singers. Her life and work inspired the TV film Bessie.

 11 
John Fogerty
(Singer, Musician)
John Fogerty
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Birthdate: May 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
 12 
Jeff Beck
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter)
Jeff Beck
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Birthdate: June 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England

Jeff Beck is a British rock guitarist renowned for his association with popular rock bands like The Yardbirds, Beck, Bogert & Appice, and The Jeff Beck Group. Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential players in history, Beck has won several awards like the Grammy Awards. He has also appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine thrice.

 13 
Levon Helm
(Singer, Musician, Autobiographer, Composer, Actor, Mandolinist, Drummer, Songwriter)
Levon Helm
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Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elaine
Died: April 19, 2012
 14 
Leon Russell
(Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Guitarist)
Leon Russell
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Birthdate: April 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lawton
Died: November 13, 2016
 15 
Eva Cassidy
(Singer, Guitarist)
Eva Cassidy
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Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States
Died: November 2, 1996
 16 
Boz Scaggs
(Singer)
Boz Scaggs
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Birthdate: June 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA
 17 
Duane Allman
(Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Songwriter)
Duane Allman
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Birthdate: November 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nashville
Died: October 29, 1971
 18 
Joe Bonamassa
(Guitarist, Banjoist, Musician, Songwriter, Composer)
Joe Bonamassa
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Birthdate: May 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Hartford
 19 
Rory Gallagher
(57th Greatest Guitarist of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine)
Rory Gallagher
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Birthdate: March 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ballyshannon, Ireland
Died: June 14, 1995

Known for his powerful blues rock performances, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher was part of the band Taste. Though The Rolling Stones offered him an opportunity to replace guitarist Mick Taylor, he rejected it. A heavy drinker, he died of complications after a liver transplant surgery at age 47.

 20 
John McVie
(Guitarist)
John McVie
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Birthdate: November 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ealing
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John Oates
(Musician, Best Known As Half of the Rock and Soul Duo 'Hall & Oates')
John Oates
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Birthdate: April 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

John Oates is an American guitarist, record producer, singer, and songwriter. One half of the popular pop rock duo Hall & Oates, John Oates was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the musical duo. In 2017, Oates published his memoir, Change of Seasons.

 22 
Gil Scott-Heron
(Poet and Singer-songwriter)
Gil Scott-Heron
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Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 27, 2011
 23 
Jack Bruce
(Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter)
Jack Bruce
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Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014
 24 
Eric Clapton
(One of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time)
Eric Clapton
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Birthdate: March 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ripley, England

Eric Clapton, the rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time. In the 1970s, he recorded a number of successful solo albums and continued to do so over the next several decades and is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has had issues with alcohol and drugs.

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Snoh Aalegra
(Singer)
Snoh Aalegra
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Birthdate: September 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Born Shahrzad Fooladi, to Iranian parents in Sweden, Snoh Aalegra had started writing songs by age 9 and signed with Sony at age 13. She changed her name after moving to the US and soared to fame with her chartbusting tracks such as I Want You Around and Find Someone Like You.

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Captain Beefheart
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Birthdate: January 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glendale, California, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2010
 27 
Buddy Guy
(American Blues Musician Who Was a Prolific Performer from 1950s Until Well Into 21st Century)
Buddy Guy
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Birthdate: July 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States
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George Thorogood
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Birthdate: February 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA
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Gary Rossington
(Musician)
Gary Rossington
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Birthdate: December 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
 30 
Doyle Bramhall II
(Guitarist and Songwriter Best Known for His Work With Eric Clapton and Roger Waters)
Doyle Bramhall II
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Birthdate: December 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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Sixto Rodriguez
(Detroit-based folk musician who released little-heard but influential folk music in the 1970's.)
Sixto Rodriguez
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Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Bo Diddley
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Bo Diddley
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Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: McComb
Died: June 2, 2008
 33 
Chris Rea
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Musician)
Chris Rea
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Birthdate: March 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middlesbrough
 34 
Bill Medley
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Bill Medley
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Birthdate: September 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 35 
Mark Lanegan
(Musician)
Mark Lanegan
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Birthdate: November 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Died: February 22, 2022
 36 
Edgar Winter
(Singer, Multi-instrumentalist, Keyboardist, Record producer, Pianist)
Edgar Winter
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Birthdate: December 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaumont
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Derek Trucks
(Bandleader, composer, guitarist, conductor)
Derek Trucks
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Birthdate: June 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
 38 
John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)
John Lee Hooker
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Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coahoma County
Died: June 21, 2001
 39 
Alison Moyet
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Alison Moyet
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Birthdate: June 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Billericay
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Susan Tedeschi
(Singer, Guitarist)
Susan Tedeschi
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Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 41 
David Johansen
(Singer-songwriter best known as a member of the seminal proto-punk band the New York Dolls)
David Johansen
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Birthdate: January 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
 42 
Jools Holland
(Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader)
Jools Holland
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Birthdate: January 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
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Mia Zapata
(Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist)
Mia Zapata
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Birthdate: August 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 7, 1993
 44 
Robin Trower
(Guitarist)
Robin Trower
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Birthdate: March 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Catford
 45 
Beth Hart
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer)
Beth Hart
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Birthdate: January 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 46 
Dan Auerbach
(Singer, Musician, Guitarist)
Dan Auerbach
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Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akron
 47 
Taj Mahal
(Self-taught Grammy Award-winning blues musician)
Taj Mahal
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Birthdate: May 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
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Steve Gaines
(Musician)
Steve Gaines
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Birthdate: September 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Died: October 20, 1977
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Richard Manuel
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Musician)
Richard Manuel
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Birthdate: April 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stratford
Died: March 4, 1986

Richard Manuel was a Canadian singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best remembered as a pianist and singer in the musical group The Band. He was a versatile singer famous for his soul-influenced baritone and delicate falsetto. Unfortunately, he fell victim to alcoholism and drug abuse that threatened his career and life. He died by suicide in 1986. 

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Dinah Washington
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Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963