Famous American Blues Musicians

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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.

 2 
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 
Pat Boone
(Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Pat Boone
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Birthdate: June 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville
 4 
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.

 5 
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
 6 
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.

 7 
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.

 8 
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.

 9 
John Fogerty
(Singer, Musician)
John Fogerty
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Birthdate: May 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
 10 
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
 11 
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
 12 
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
 13 
Boz Scaggs
(Singer)
Boz Scaggs
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Birthdate: June 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA
 14 
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
 15 
Ma Rainey
(Street artist, Musician)
Ma Rainey
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Birthdate: April 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: December 22, 1939
 16 
Joe Bonamassa
(Guitarist, Banjoist, Musician, Songwriter, Composer)
Joe Bonamassa
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Birthdate: May 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Hartford
 17 
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.

 18 
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
 19 
Captain Beefheart
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Birthdate: January 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glendale, California, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2010
 20 
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
 21 
George Thorogood
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Birthdate: February 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA
 22 
Gary Rossington
(Musician)
Gary Rossington
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Birthdate: December 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
 23 
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
 24 
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
 25 
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
 26 
Bill Medley
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Bill Medley
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Birthdate: September 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 27 
Mark Lanegan
(Musician)
Mark Lanegan
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Birthdate: November 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Died: February 22, 2022
 28 
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
 30 
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
 31 
Susan Tedeschi
(Singer, Guitarist)
Susan Tedeschi
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Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 32 
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
 33 
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
 34 
Beth Hart
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer)
Beth Hart
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Birthdate: January 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Jimmie Rodgers
(Singer-songwriter and musician)
Jimmie Rodgers
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Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Died: May 26, 1933
 36 
Dan Auerbach
(Singer, Musician, Guitarist)
Dan Auerbach
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Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akron
 37 
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
 38 
Steve Gaines
(Musician)
Steve Gaines
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Birthdate: September 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Died: October 20, 1977
 39 
Dinah Washington
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Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963
 40 
Lucinda Williams
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist)
Lucinda Williams
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Birthdate: January 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
 41 
John Densmore
(Musician)
John Densmore
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Birthdate: December 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
 42 
Loudon Wainwright III
(Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film actor, Television actor, Guitarist)
Loudon Wainwright III
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Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd
(Singer, Composer, Guitarist)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
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Birthdate: June 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shreveport
 44 
Jim Gordon
(Musician)
Jim Gordon
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Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 45 
Steve Cropper
(Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Steve Cropper
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Birthdate: October 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dora
 46 
Gregg Rolie
(Co-Founder and Lead Singer of The Bands 'Santana' and 'Journey')
Gregg Rolie
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Birthdate: June 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Gregg Rolie is a singer and keyboardist. He gained international popularity as the frontman of the bands Santana and Journey. He was a co-founder of both as well. He currently performs with his Gregg Rolie Band and also collaborates with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Rolie has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. 

 47 
Rick Derringer
(Singer, Artist, Composer, Guitarist)
Rick Derringer
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Birthdate: August 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Recovery
 48 
Trey Anastasio
(Guitarist for the jam rock band Phish who wrote alone or co-wrote more than one hundred and fifty of their songs.)
Trey Anastasio
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Birthdate: September 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
 49 
Albert King
(Singer-songwriter, Basketball player, Musician, Guitarist)
Albert King
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Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianola
Died: December 21, 1992
 50 
Lowell George
(Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer)
Lowell George
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Birthdate: April 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hollywood
Died: June 29, 1979