Elmore James

Elmore James | Public domain | tc050

Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918 and died on May 24, 1963 of a heart attack just before he was due to tour Europe. He is famed for his stirring delivery and amplification. James served with the US Navy in World War 2, taking part in the invasion of Guam. He started recording in 1951, and his famous “Dust My Broom” was first recorded in 1952. He became hugely influential with many bluesmen and rock guitarists citing him as their major influence. He recorded for Chess Records in 1960.

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