Junior Wells

Junior Wells

Original Name Amos Blakemore
Birth
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Death 15 Jan 1998 (aged 63)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 5763625 · View Source
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Musician. Born Amos Blakemore in Memphis, Tenessesse, he was a blues vocalist harmonica player and a major contributor to the modern blues era. He made his first recordings at age 19, playing in the Muddy Water's band and his own first recordings as a band leader for States Records in 1952. In the later 1950s and 1960s, his hits included "Messin' with the Kid", "It Hurts Me Too", "Come on in This House", "Little by Little" and his classic full album, "Hoo Doo Man". During the 1970s to 1980s, he toured and recorded with many of the blues greats such as Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raite, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones. He was a regular at many of the blues festivals of the 1990s and appeared in the film "The Blues Brothers 2000". He died of lymphoma in Chicago, Illinois.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 12 Sep 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5763625
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Junior Wells (9 Dec 1934–15 Jan 1998), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5763625, citing Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .