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Join us for another installment of our "Great Songwriters" series, as we aim the spotlight on Chicago blues hit-maker, Jimmy Reed. Enjoying more top-twenty Billboard R&B entires than any of his contemporaries in the Windy City — Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Elmore James, and Sonny Boy Williamson #2 — he's a figure that, today, is sadly overlooked. Often described as employing a simplistic formula, the accessibility of his music made him a major influence on budding guitar and harmonica players from all walks of life — from blues and rock, to folk and country. And when it comes to crossover hits to the Billboard Pop charts, nobody in Chicago could lay claim to anything approaching the success that he had. A staple of the Vee-Jay operation, starting with the label's inception until the early 1960s, one in every twelve issues, on average, was a Jimmy Reed record. Suffice it to say, then, that Jimmy Reed was indeed a giant of the blues. We'll celebrate that musical legacy with classic performances from the man himself, plus a "Who's Who" of special guests. It's a tribute to Jimmy Reed, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.
Photo by Jan Persson. Taken during the 1968 American Folk Blues Festival Tour, probably in Copenhagen. Inset: Jimmy Reed’s very first R&B hit for Vee-Jay.
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