List of blues musicians

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Performers in the blues style range from primitive, one-chord Delta players to big bands to country music to rock and roll to classical music.

Early country blues[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Ed Bell19051960s
Blind Blake18961934
Black Ace19071972
Pink Anderson19001973
Kokomo Arnold19011968
Lead Belly18891949
Barbecue Bob19021931
Son Bonds19091947
Big Bill Broonzy18931958
Gabriel Brown19101972
Kitty Brownunknownunknown
King Solomon Hill18971949
Rabbit Brown18801937
Willie Brown19001952
Gus Cannon18831979
Alice Leslie Carterunknownunknown
Sam Collins18871949
Martha Copelandunknownunknown
Elizabeth Cotten18951987
Floyd Council19111976
Ida Cox18961967
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup19051974
Reverend Gary Davis18961972
Madlyn Davisunknownunknown
Mattie Delaney1905unknown
Little Buddy Doyle1911unknown
Archie Edwards19181998
Sleepy John Estes19041977
William Ezell18921963
Blind Boy Fuller19081941
Jesse Fuller18961976
Jazz Gillum19041966
Lillian Glinn19021978
Ida Goodson19092000
Coot Grant1893unknown
Arvella Gray19061980
Shirley Griffith19081974
Hattie Hartunknownunknown
Silas Hogan19111994
Smokey Hogg19141960
Lightnin' Hopkins19121982
Son House19021988
Peg Leg Howell18881966
Alberta Hunter18951984
Mississippi John Hurt18931966
Jim Jackson18841937
John Jackson19242002
Skip James19021969
Blind Lemon Jefferson18931929
Blind Willie Johnson18971945
Lonnie Johnson18941970
Mary Johnson19001970
Robert Johnson19111938
Tommy Johnson18961956
Lottie Kimbrough1900unknown
Rubin Lacey19011969
Furry Lewis18991981
Charley Lincoln19001963
Mance Lipscomb18951976
Virginia Liston18901932
Robert Lockwood, Jr.19152006
Cripple Clarence Lofton18871957
Eddie Mapp19101931
Mississippi Fred McDowell19041972
Brownie McGhee19151996
Blind Willie McTell19011959
Big Maceo Merriweather19051953
Hazel Meyersunknownunknown
Memphis Minnie18971973
Buddy Moss19141984
Charlie Patton18911934
Buster Pickens19161964
Joe Pullum19051964
Ma Rainey18861939
Bull City Redunknownunknown
Piano Red19111985
Tampa Red19041981
Walter Roland19001970
Washboard Sam19101966
Dan Sane18961956
Irene Scruggs19011981
Alec Seward19021972
Robert Shaw19081985
Henry "Son" Sims18901958
Bumble Bee Slim19051968
Bessie Smith18941937
Laura Smithunknown1932
Charlie Spandunknownunknown
Victoria Spivey19081976
Freddie Spruell18931956
Frank Stokes18881955
Baby Tate19161972
Sonny Terry19111986
Henry Thomas18741930
Ramblin' Thomas19021945
Henry Townsend19092006
Bessie Tuckerunknownunknown
Sippie Wallace18981986
Curley Weaver19061962
Sylvester Weaver18971960
Casey Bill Weldon19091967
Peetie Wheatstraw19021941
Bukka White19091977
Josh White19141969
Sonny Boy Williamson II19141948
Ralph Willis19101957
Wesley Wilson18931958

Early urban blues[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Ora Alexanderunknownunknown
Gladys Bentley19071960
Lucille Bogan18971948
Bessie Brown18901955
Reverend Gary Davis18961972
Georgia Tom Dorsey18991993
Ethel Finnieunknownunknown
Lil Green19191954
Helen Grossunknownunknown
Edmonia Henderson19001947
Katherine Henderson1909unknown
Lucille Hegamin18941970
Alberta Hunter18951984
Bertha Idahounknownunknown
Papa Charlie Jacksonc.18901938
Edith North Johnson19031988
James "Stump" Johnson19021969
Maggie Jonesc.1900c. 1965
Whistlin' Alex Moore18991989
Ma Rainey18861939
Bessie Smith18941937
Clara Smithc.18941935
Mamie Smith18831946
Ruby Smith19031977
Charlie Spandunknownunknown
Walter Vinson19011975
Sippie Wallace18981986
Ethel Waters18961977
Jabo Williamsunknownunknown
Oscar "Buddy" Woodsc.18951955

Pre-World War II jazz blues[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Albert Ammons19071949
Louis Armstrong19011971
Sidney Bechet18971959
Leroy Carr19051935
Walter Davis19121963
Tom Delaney18891963
Johnny Dodds18921940
Champion Jack Dupreec.19091992
Ivory Joe Hunter19141974
St. Louis Jimmy Oden19031977
Meade Lux Lewis19051964
Little Brother Montgomeryc.19061985
Big Maceo Merriweather19051953
Kansas Joe McCoy19051950
Speckled Red18921973
Papa Charlie McCoy19091950
Jay McShann19162006
Roy Milton19071983
Jelly Roll Morton18901941
Jimmy Rushing19021972
Roosevelt Sykes19061983
Big Joe Turner19111985
Sam Taylor19161990
T-Bone Walker19101975

Postwar blues[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Mose Allison1927
Buster Benton19321996
Charles Brown19221999
Roy Brown19251981
George "Mojo" Buford19292011
Carolina Slim19231953
Good Rockin' Charles19331989
Ray Charles19302004
Gary B.B. Coleman19471994
Pee Wee Crayton19141985
James Crutchfield19122001
Larry Davis19361994
Little Sammy Davis1928
Floyd Dixon19292006
Champion Jack Dupreec.19091992
Bob Gaddy19241997
Terry Garland1953
Clarence Garlow19111986
Larry Garner1952
James Harman1946
Wynonie Harris19151969
Duke Hendersonunknown1972
Louis Jordan19081975
Booker T. Laury19141995
Little Willie Littlefield19312013
Willie Love19061953
Sidney Maiden19231970
Percy Mayfield19201984
Amos Milburn19271980
Dave Peabody1948
Pinetop Perkins19132011
Piano Red19111985
J.D. Short19021962
Frankie Lee Sims19171970
Memphis Slim19151988
Robert Curtis Smith19302010
Smoky Babe19271975
Houston Stackhouse19101980
Lonesome Sundown19281995
Lavelle White1929
Joe Willie Wilkins19211981
Lester Williams19201990
Smokey Wilson1936
U.P. Wilson19342004
Jimmy Witherspoon19231997

Kansas City blues[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Scrapper Blackwell19031962
Walter Brown19171956
Jay McShann19162006
Arnold Moore19142005
Jimmy Rushingc.19021972
Big Joe Turner19111985

Later styles[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Little Hatch19212003
Lee McBee1951

Chicago/Detroit blues[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Muddy Waters19131983
Luther Allison19391997
John Henry Barbee19051964
Lefty Bates19202007
Kansas City Red19261991
Carey Bell19362007
Eddie "Guitar" Burns19282012
Paul Butterfield19421987
Eddie Boyd19141994
James Cotton1935
Blind John Davis19131985
Bo Diddley19282008
Willie Dixon19151992
Lefty Dizz19371993
David "Honeyboy" Edwards19152011
Leroy Foster19231958
Little Willy Foster19221987
Calvin Frazier19151972
Buddy Guy1936
Phil Guy19402008
Shakey Jake Harris19211990
Earl Hooker19291970
John Lee Hooker19172001
Big Walter Horton19181981
J. B. Hutto19261983
Elmore James19181963
Bobo Jenkins19161984
L.V. Johnson19461994
Floyd Jones19171989
Moody Jones19081988
Albert King19241992
Eddie King19382012
Freddie King19341976
Bonnie Lee19312006
Hip Linkchain19361989
James Montgomery (singer)1949
Nick Moss1972
Charlie Musselwhite1944
Robert Nighthawk19091967
Odie Payne19261989
Pinetop Perkins19132011
Snooky Pryor19212006
Boogie Woogie Red19251985
Jimmy Reed19251976
Soko Richardson19392004
Junior Parker19321971
Jimmy Rogers19241997
Otis Rush1934
Magic Sam19371970
Eddie Shaw1937
Johnny Shines19151992
Little Mack Simmons19332000
Magic Slim19372013
Little Smokey Smothers19392010
Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers19291993
Little Sonny19322000
Otis Spann19301970
Arthur "Big Boy" Spires19121990
Bob Stroger1939
Eddie Taylor19231985
Hound Dog Taylor19151975
The Butler Twins19422003 /2004
Little Walter19301968
Baby Boy Warren19191977
Joe Weaver19342006
Big Mama Thornton19261984
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker19271999
Carl Weathersby1953
Junior Wells19341998
Jody Williams1935
Johnny Williams19062006
Sonny Boy Williamson I19181948
Sonny Boy Williamson IIc.19121965
Washboard Willie19091991
Howlin' Wolf19101976
Big John Wrencher19231977
Johnny "Man" Young19181974
Linsey Alexander1942
Holle Thee Maxwell1945
Liz Mandevilleunknown

Modern blues (post 1950s)[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Duane Allman19461971
Gaye Adegbalola1944
Kip Anderson19382007
James Anthony1955
Memphis Willie B.19111993
Back Alley John19552006
Etta Baker19132006
Marcia Ball1949
Johnnie Bassett19352012
Eric Bibb1951
Elvin Bishop1942
Bobby Bland1930
Rory Block1949
Mike Bloomfield19431981
The Blues Brothers
Roy Book Binder1943
Delaney Bramlett19392009
Freddie Brooks1962
Lonnie Brooks1933
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown19242005
Texas Johnny Brown19282013
Charles Caldwell19432003
Bob Brozman19542013
Roy Buchanan19391988
Eric Burdon1941
Michael Burks19572012
Jimmy Burns1943
Cedric Burnside1978
Aron Burton1938
Catfish Keith1962
Eric Clapton1945
Albert Collins19321993
Johnny Copeland19371997
Al Copley1952
Robert Cray1953
Yavuz Çetin19702001
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis19251995
Willie Dixon19151992
Little Arthur Duncan19342008
Big Joe Duskin19212007
Johnny Dyer1938
Snooks Eaglin19362009
Robert Ealey19252001
Clarence Edwards19331993
Margie Evans1940
Terry Evans1937
John Fahey19392001
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Billy Flynn1956
Robben Ford1951
Carol Fran1933
Denny Freeman1944
Steve Freund1952
Johnny Fuller19291985
Earl Gaines19352009
Grady Gaines1934
Roy Gaines1934
Rory Gallagher19481995
Paul Geremia1944
Billy F. Gibbons1949
Lacy Gibson19362011
Peter Green1946
Guitar Slim, Jr.1951
Steve Guyger1952
Sandra Hallc. 1948
Larry Hamilton19512011
John P. Hammond1942
Ernie Hawkins1947
Ted Hawkins19361995
Johnny Heartsman19371996
Scott Henderson1954
Jimi Hendrix19421970
Z.Z. Hill19351984
Bob Hite19431981
John Dee Holeman1929
John Lee Hooker19172001
Lightnin' Hopkins19121982
James Hunter1962
Long John Hunter1931
Ironing Board Sam1939
Fruteland Jackson1953
Colin James1964
Etta James19382012
Steve James1950
Jimmy Johnson1928
Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson19341976
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones1948
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones19262010
Little Sonny Jones19311989
Tutu Jones1966
Janis Joplin19431970
Jo Ann Kelly19441990
E.G. Kight1966
B.B. King1925
Freddie King19341976
Little Freddie King1940
Bob Kirkpatrick1934
Ernie Lancaster19532014
Lady Bianca1953
Sammy Lawhorn19351990
Calvin Leavy19402010
Alvin Lee19442013
Frankie Lee1941
Lovie Lee19091997
The Legendary Blues Band
John "Juke" Logan19542013
Lonnie Mack1941
Cash McCall1941
Kevin McKendree1969
Doug Macleod1946
Janiva Magness1957
Taj Mahal1942
J.J. Malone19352004
Johnny Mars1942
John Mayall1933
Pete Mayes19382008
Floyd Miles1943
Luke "Long Gone" Miles19251987
Keb' Mo'1951
Gary Moore19522011
Johnny B. Moore1950
Mike Morgan1959
Jim Morrison19431971
Sam Myers19362006
Slash1965
Steve Nardella1948
Sugar Ray Norciaunknown
Darrell Nulisch1952
Odetta19302008
Jay Owens19472005
Jimmy Page1944
Lucky Peterson1964
Rod Piazza1947
Lonnie Pitchford19551998
Lou Pride19442012
Gary Primich19582007
Kid Ramos1959
Louisiana Red19322012
Sherman Robertson1948
Fenton Robinson19351997
Mighty Mo Rodgers1942
Roy Rogers1950
Roomful of Blues
Freddie Roulette1939
Bobby Rush1940
Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women
Ken Saydakunknown
Seasick Steve1941
Magic Slim19372013
Son Seals19422004
Harmonica Shah1946
Preston Shannon1947
Roscoe Shelton19312002
Lightnin' Slim19131974
Drink Small1933
Barkin' Bill Smith19282000
Moses "Whispering" Smith19321984
Arbee Stidham19171988
Angela Strehli1945
Koko Taylor19352009
Mick Taylor1949
Tabby Thomas1929
Rufus Thomas19172001
Lil' Dave Thompson19692010
Ron Thompson1953
George Thorogood1950
Andrew Tibbs19291991
Ali Farka Touré19392006
Robin Trower1945
Walter Trout1951
Titus Turner19331984
Jimmie Vaughan1951
Stevie Ray Vaughan19541990
Mose Vinson19172002
Willie D. Warren19242000
Boogie Bill Webb19241990
Stan Webb1946
Valerie Wellington19591993
Golden "Big" Wheeler19291998
Lil' Ed Williams1955
Johnny Winter19442014
Alan Wilson19431970
Mitch Woods1951

Blues since 1990[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Alto Reed1975
Bonny B.1974
Jim Allchin1951
John Altenburgh1960
Grego Anderson1968
James Anthony1955
James Armstrong1957
Gwyn Ashton1961
Dan Auerbach1979
Chico Banks19622008
L.V. Banks19322011
Barrelhouse Chuck1958
Chris Beard1957
Tab Benoit1967
Scott H. Biram1974
Deanna Bogart1960
Joe Bonamassa1977
Pat Boyack1967
Ronnie Baker Brooks1967
Kenny Brown1953
R. L. Burnside19262005
Tommy Castro1959
Claudia Carawan1959
Michael Coleman1956
Joanna Connor1962
Shemekia Copeland1979
Murali Coryell1969
Sean Costello19792008
Boo Boo Davis1943
Guy Davis1952
Thornetta Davis1969
Johnny Drummer1938
Chris Duarte1964
Ronnie Earl1953
Tinsley Ellis1957
Sue Foley1968
Anson Funderburgh1954
Anthony Gomes1975
Otis Grand1950
Alvin Youngblood Hart1965
Jeff Healey19662008
Matt Hillunknown
Ron Holloway1953
Rick Holmstrom1965
Colin James1964
Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones1941
Paul "Wine" Jones1946
Gene Kelton19532010
Junior Kimbrough19301998
Chris Thomas King1964
Little Jimmy King19642002
Davy Knowles1987
Paul Lamb1955
Jonny Lang1981
Wolf Mail1972
John Mayer1977
Larry McCray1960
Harry Manxunknown
Coco Montoya1951
Bobby Murray1953
Kenny Neal1957
John Németh1976
North Mississippi Allstars
Blind Mississippi Morris1955
Charlie Parrunknown
Neal Pattman19262005
Asie Payton19371997
Kelly Joe Phelps1959
Ana Popović1976
Roxanne Potvin1982
Johnny Rawls1951
Del Rey1959
Mason Ruffner1953
Matt Schofield1977
Reggie Sears1991
Todd Sharpville1970
Kenny Wayne Shepherd1976
Ian Siegal1971
Bobby Sowell1947
Dave Specter1963
Cootie Stark19272005
Otis Taylor1948
Susan Tedeschi1970
Jimmy Thackery1953
T-Model Ford1924
Derek Trucks1979
Redd Velvet1968
Victor Wainwright1981
Joe Louis Walker1949
Seth Walker1974
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne1944
Jack White1975
Rusty Zinn1970
Yavuz Çetin19702001

Female musicians[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Reneé Austinc. 1965
Debbie Davies1952
Diunna Greenleaf1957
Kelley Huntc. 1957
Candye Kane1965

Blues in conventional pop music[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath yearSong(s) / Work
Harold Arlen19051986"Blues in the Night" and "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
Wayne Baker Brooks1970"Something Going Down"
Duke Ellington18991974"I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"
George Gershwin18981937Porgy and Bess

Blues in country music[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Johnny Cash19322003
Charlie Daniels1936
Merle Haggard1937
Jerry Lee Lewis1935
Bill Monroe19111996
Moon Mullican19091967
Jimmie Rodgers18971933
Hank Williams19231953
See also: Rockabilly

Blues influence in classical music[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath yearWork(s)
George Gershwin18981937"Rhapsody in Blue" and "Concerto in F"
Honegger18921955"Pacific 231"
William Grant Still18951978"Afro-American Symphony"

Blues in African music[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Ramon Goose1977
Ali Farka Toure19392006

Blues in contemporary rock and pop music[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Alto Reed
The Animals
The Black Keys
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Blues Explosion
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
Nick Cave1957
Clutch
Bob Dylan1941
The Kinks
G. Love & Special Sauce
Ben Harper1969
Richard Johnstonunknown
Norah Jones1979
Chris Thomas King1962
Lenny Kravitz1964
Led Zeppelin
Los Lonely Boys
Hans Olsonunknown
Robert Plant1948
Bonnie Raitt1949
The Rolling Stones
Thin Lizzy
The White Stripes
The Who
ZZ Top
Whitesnake

Blues from Europe[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Bjørn Berge1968
Cuby + Blizzards
Herman Brood19462001
Oli Brown1990
Eric Burdon1941
Yavuz Çetin19702001
Eric Clapton1945
Cyril Davies19321964
Christian Dozzler1958
Lonnie Donegan19312002
Elmore D1946
Peter Green1946
Rory Gallagher19481995
Jo Ann Kelly19441990
John Kirkbride1946
Davy Knowles1987
Alexis Korner19281984
Alvin Lee19442013
John Mayall1933
Gary Moore19522011
Neal Pattman19262005
Ana Popović1976
Matt Schofield1977
Todd Sharpville1970
Ian Siegal1971
Mick Taylor1949
Hans Theessink1948
Fabio Treves1949
Axel Zwingenberger1955
Hugh Laurie1959

Blues from Latin America[edit]

NameBirth yearDeath year
Nuno Mindelis1957
Pappo19502005
Carlos Santana1947

Blues from India[edit]

See also[edit]