William Lefty Bates

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William "Lefty" Bates

  • Birth 9 Mar 1920 Leighton, Colbert County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 7 Apr 2007 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Homewood, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 19019657

Musician. He was a genre-crossing guitarist who played on many of the great blues, jazz and R&B albums recorded in Chicago. From the 1930s to 1950s, he was known as Lefty Guitar Bates, fronted his own bands and was a versatile session musician. His guitar work can be heard on countless albums produced under labels including Vee-Jay, Chess, Decca, Club 51 and RCA. In addition to playing with groups like the El Dorados, the Flamingos, the Impressions' and the Moroccos, he was sideman for many blues artists. He performed or recorded with John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield and others. On stage, he led such bands as the Aristo-Kats, the Hi-De-Ho Boys and various formations of the Lefty Bates Orchestra. In the 1970s and 1980s, he took leadership of a latter day iteration of the Ink Spots. He died of arteriosclerotic disease.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 20 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19019657
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William "Lefty" Bates (9 Mar 1920–7 Apr 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19019657, citing Homewood Memorial Gardens, Homewood, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .