Junior Wells

Junior Wells

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Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 - January 15, 1998), born Amos Blakemore, was a blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago who was famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lonnie Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Arkansas. Wells moved to Chicago in 1948 and first made his mark at age 18 playing in Muddy Waters' band. He later worked with Buddy Guy in the 1960s and recorded for Delmark Records. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Hoodoo Man Blues
    Hoodoo Man Blues
  • Best of the Vanguard Years
    Best of the Vanguard Years
  • Come On In This House
    Come On In This House
  • An Introduction to Junior Wells
    An Introduction to Junior Wells
  • Calling All Blues
    Calling All Blues
  • Live At Buddy Guy's Legends
    Live At Buddy Guy's Legends
  • Blues Hit Big Town
    Blues Hit Big Town
  • Southside Blues Jam
    Southside Blues Jam
  • Live Around The World: The Best Of Junior Wells
    Live Around The World: The Best Of Junior Wells
  • Everybody's Gettin' Some
    Everybody's Gettin' Some
  • Live at Theresa's 1975
    Live at Theresa's 1975
  • On Tap
    On Tap
  • Vanguard Visionaries
    Vanguard Visionaries
  • It's My Life Baby
    It's My Life Baby
  • Blues Six Pack
    Blues Six Pack
  • Coming at You
    Coming at You
  • Better Off With the Blues
    Better Off With the Blues
  • South Side Blues Jam
    South Side Blues Jam
  • It's My Life, Baby!
    It's My Life, Baby!
  • Junior Wells 1957-1963: University Rock
    Junior Wells 1957-1963: University Rock
  • Keep On Steppin': The Best of Junior Wells
    Keep On Steppin': The Best of Junior Wells
  • Sings Live At The Golden Bear
    Sings Live At The Golden Bear
  • Live at the Golden Bear
    Live at the Golden Bear
  • Undisputed Godfather of Blues
    Undisputed Godfather of Blues
  • Live Around the World
    Live Around the World
  • Its My Life Baby
    Its My Life Baby
  • You're Tuff Enough: The Blue Rock Studio Recordings
    You're Tuff Enough: The Blue Rock Studio Recordings

Junior Wells. Artist Bio

Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 - January 15, 1998), born Amos Blakemore, was a blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago who was famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lonnie Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison.

He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Arkansas. Wells moved to Chicago in 1948 and first made his mark at age 18 playing in Muddy Waters' band. He later worked with Buddy Guy in the 1960s and recorded for Delmark Records. His most memorable songs are "Messin' With the Kid" and "Little by Little," and his best-known album, 1965's Hoodoo Man Blues, which evokes the smoky atmosphere of the era's Westside Chicago blues bars.

Wells made an appearance in the 1998 movie Blues Brothers 2000, the sequel to The Blues Brothers. The movie was released less than a month after his death.

On his passing in 1998, Junior Wells was interred in the Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago.

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