Growing up in Mississippi, McKinley Morganfield (1913 – 1983) played Delta blues in the style of Son House and Robert Johnson.

Later, performing as Muddy Waters, he was recognized as one of the original modern Chicago blues musicians of the late 1940s – early 1950s.


Chicago blues augmented the basic Delta blues ensemble of acoustic guitar and harmonica with amplified guitar and bass, drums, piano, harmonica, and sometimes saxophone.

Here is a list of Chicago blues musicians

In 1956, as a young teen growing up in Connecticut,  I listened to CKLW Windsor/Detroit late at night.

My favorite song was Smokestack Lightning by Howlin’ Wolf.


A bit later, Buddy Guy was one of my favorites.


And of course, although not from Chicago, my all-time blues favorite, BB King (1925-2015)


There are so many great blues musicians. I just know you must have some favorites.

Please post a link to a favorite musician in the comments.⬇︎