Famous American Blues Musicians

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 1 Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
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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Famous As: Singer
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 Gregory Porter

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Famous As: singer, composer, singer-songwriter, jazz musician, stage actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sacramento

 4 Bonnie Raitt

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Famous As: Singer
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.

 5 Pat Boone

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: June 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville

 6 Billy Preston

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Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
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.

 7 Bessie Smith

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Famous As: Singer
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.

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 8 Levon Helm

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Autobiographer, Composer, Actor, Mandolinist, Drummer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elaine
Died: April 19, 2012

 9 Leon Russell

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lawton
Died: November 13, 2016

 10 Ma Rainey

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Famous As: Street artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: December 22, 1939

 11 Duane Allman

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nashville
Died: October 29, 1971

 12 Boz Scaggs

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA

 13 Wynonna Judd

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 14 Joe Bonamassa

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Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Musician, Songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: May 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Hartford

 15 Eva Cassidy

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States
Died: November 2, 1996

 16 John Fogerty

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: May 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 17 John Oates

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Famous As: Musician, Best Known As Half of the Rock and Soul Duo 'Hall & Oates'
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

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Famous As: Poet and Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 27, 2011

 19 Captain Beefheart

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glendale, California, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2010

 20 George Thorogood

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA

 21 Buddy Guy

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Birthdate: July 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States

 22 Gary Rossington

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

 23 Bo Diddley

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: McComb
Died: June 2, 2008

 24 Sixto Rodriguez

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Famous As: Detroit-based folk musician who released little-heard but influential folk music in the 1970's.
Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 25 Doyle Bramhall II

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dallas

 26 Bill Medley

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 27 Derek Trucks

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Famous As: Bandleader, composer, guitarist, conductor
Birthdate: June 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

 28 David Johansen

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter best known as a member of the seminal proto-punk band the New York Dolls
Birthdate: January 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

 29 Mark Lanegan

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Died: February 22, 2022

 30 John Lee Hooker

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coahoma County
Died: June 21, 2001

 31 Edgar Winter

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Famous As: Singer, Multi-instrumentalist, Keyboardist, Record producer, Pianist
Birthdate: December 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaumont

 32 Beth Hart

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: January 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 33 Susan Tedeschi

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 34 Mia Zapata

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: August 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 7, 1993

 35 Lucinda Williams

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States

 36 Jimmie Rodgers

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter and musician
Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Died: May 26, 1933

 37 Taj Mahal

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Famous As: Self-taught Grammy Award-winning blues musician
Birthdate: May 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 38 Steve Gaines

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Died: October 20, 1977

 39 Dan Auerbach

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akron

 40 Dinah Washington

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963

 41 John Densmore

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

 42 Kenny Wayne Shepherd

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: June 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shreveport

 43 Jim Gordon

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 44 Loudon Wainwright III

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film actor, Television actor, Guitarist
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

 45 Steve Cropper

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Famous As: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dora

 46 Albert King

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Basketball player, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianola
Died: December 21, 1992

 47 Rick Derringer

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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Recovery

 48 Taylor Hicks

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Miramar

 49 Lowell George

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: April 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hollywood
Died: June 29, 1979

 50 Gregg Henry

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lakewood, Colorado, USA