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Junior Wells

Biography

Simply one of the greatest bluesmen in history. Listen to the classic Electric Blues sound he helped invent, along with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, in Chicago in the 1940s. Wells' work paved the way for everyone from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix and beyond. His baritone shouts, moans, soars, growls, and pleads; his harmonica solos are concise and soulful. Meanwhile his backing band grooves like few bands in history. Listen to them shuffle, stomp, riff, boogie, and rock together; listen to the piano and guitar weave in and out of each other, trading licks and choruses on occasion. Horn sections and backing vocals also make brief appearances.

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