Blues Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many Blues musicians who have mesmerised the world with their melodious music. The list includes many familiar and great Blues musicians such as Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many more.
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 1 Eric Clapton

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
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.

 2 Jerry Lee Lewis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States
Four-time Grammy-winner Jerry Lee Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” is best known for his track Great Balls of Fire. A controversy surrounding his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra destroyed his career. Named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, he was also part of the Million Dollar Quartet.
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 3 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.

 4 Sheryl Crow

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kennett, Missouri, United States

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, actress, and singer-songwriter. Over the years, Crow has contributed to several film soundtracks, including the iconic theme song for the popular James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. After being diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center by joining hands with her surgeon Kristi Funk.

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 5 Mick Mars

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Mick Mars gained fame as the guitarist for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and came to be known for his aggressive style of playing the instrument. He has also written songs for bands such as Crashdïet. He has suffered from ankylosing spondylitis since his teenage years. 

 6 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. 

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 7 Mark Knopfler

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow

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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 8 Ronnie Wood

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Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hillingdon, Middlesex, England

Ronnie Wood is a musician and songwriter. Over the years, Wood has been an important member of popular rock bands like the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck Group, and Faces. He is one of the few musicians to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A cancer survivor, Wood serves as an inspiration to those fighting cancer.

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 9 Gregory Porter

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

 10 Pat Boone

Pat Boone
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: June 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville
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 11 John Fogerty

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

 12 Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts.
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Famous As: Drummer
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.

 13 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

 14 Leon Russell

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

 15 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

 16 Ma Rainey

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Famous As: Street artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alabama
Died: December 22, 1939
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 17 Boz Scaggs

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

 18 Billy Preston

Billy Preston.
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Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
Birthdate: September 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.
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.

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 19 Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: March 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ballyshannon, Ireland
Died: June 14, 1995

 20 Duffy

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Famous As: SOUL SINGER
Birthdate: June 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nefyn
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 21 Snoh Aalegra

Snoh Aalegra
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

 22 Chris Rea

Chris Rea
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Musician
Birthdate: March 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middlesbrough

 23 John McVie

John McVie
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: November 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ealing

 24 Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
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 25 Jimi Hendrix

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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: September 18, 1970

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

 26 Gil Scott-Heron

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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: May 27, 2011

 27 Les Paul

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Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Inventor, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist, Radio personality, Musical instrument maker
Birthdate: June 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waukesha
Died: August 13, 2009

Jazz and country guitarist Les Paul developed his version of the solid-body electric guitar, which he named the Log. He is also credited with pioneering innovations such as multitrack recording, the eight-track tape recorder, and overdubbing. He won the Special Merit/Technical Grammy Award for his achievements.

 28 Joe Bonamassa

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

 29 Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.

Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Jazz musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans

 30 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

 31 Buddy Guy

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

 32 George Thorogood

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

 33 Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy
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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Died: November 2, 1996

 34 Sixto Rodriguez

Sixto Rodriguez
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Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit

 35 Gary Rossington

Gary Rossington.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

 36 Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: February 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beaumont
Died: July 16, 2014

 37 Bill Medley

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

 38 Doyle Bramhall II

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

 39 Bo Diddley

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

 40 Derek Trucks

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

 41 Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014

 42 John Lee Hooker

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

 43 David Johansen

David Johansen
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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City

 44 Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: February 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds

 45 Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Billericay

 46 Beth Hart

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

 47 Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ellensburg, Washington, USA

 48 Jools Holland

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Famous As: Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader
Birthdate: January 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 49 Edgar Winter

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

 50 Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Musician
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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