Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy looks back on a special career


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It's a total rejection of the notion of "cultural appropriation", innit, the gratitude that blues artists like Buddy Guy show towards the British blues artists who salvaged their music from the neglect of their countrymen and women in the 1960s. I wonder how many of these great artists would have survived long enough to become members of the Hall of Fame if people like Keith Richards and Clapton and all those other Brit guitarists of the 60s hadn't fallen in love with the Blues and wanted to play like Buddy and BB King and Muddy Waters?

I was lucky enough to see Buddy Guy live, once, in Melbourne, playing with Junior Wells. It was a great gig, but the bonus was having a real sense of being linked to something legendary. Same with the very different blues of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, who came out here several times. Buddy Guy seems like a real champ, a great guy and modest about his achievements. Grew up poor, made something of his life. More power to him.

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I have that same old Epiphone. The police come by regularly to listen.

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It just comes to show just how much racial progress needed to be made, and still does. Guys like Guy and Waters were brought to the limelight even more because it took white foreigners like the Rolling Stones to do it. And that probably saved rock'n'roll itself from falling into a bottomless pit of cleaned-up, polished milquetoast pop gruel. Rock'n'roll is the ultimate music because it's a fusion of Black and White American music genres and even today some people forget that.

And the blues do continue on, we have Guy, George Thorogood, ZZ Top, and recently newcomers like Samantha Fish and that Serbian girl Ana Pavolik (sp?).

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Enough just CANNOT be said about Buddy Guy, his influence is simply massive!

His intensity is on such a high level there are very few in his league, please stick around for a while yet BG, love everything that you do!

And keep on playing those blues!!

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Waaaay more than just a bluesman, despite his almost single-handedly defining West Chicago Blues. Here w/Bonnie Rait, doing a classic John Hiatt song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QButLzJB5SI

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I had the fortune to see Buddy Guy live in Chicago. I didn't know too much about blues at that time, I was more into rock and metal, but that experience made me a big electric blues fan, to this day. Many thanks Mr. Buddy Guy, one of the greatest guitarists alive (just check the long line of famous guitarists who claim Buddy as their influence!)

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Your story is a great testament to the power of music. I think I was converted to the blues by hearing John Mayall, another of the Brit musicians who heard that Chicago blues and never looked back. What a legacy men like Buddy Guy have left the music world.

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BigYen, I was just listening to John Mayall's 70th birthday concert when I read your comment!

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Lucky to catch Buddy live in his heyday, unlucky to miss him at his Legends Club on Wabash Ave, but that night the atmosphere was electric, the red hot Cajun blues band making for an unforgettable evening of American music, her greatest gift to the world.

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BigYen, I was just listening to John Mayall's 70th birthday concert when I read your comment!

How 'bout that! Kid(s) got the blues!

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Went to my first John Mayall concert in Liverpool in 1968 when some guy gave me a little pill to take. Changed my whole life.

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Came late to John Mayall in Munich 1973. I have always admired this English blues work horse , but he didn't change my life. That was the one and only Frank Zappa whose early demise still hurts.

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I got to spend an hour with Mr Guy on a drive from O'Hare Airport to the far Southside back in '95 and he is quite the gentleman. I remember him well albeit I have no knowledge of his music whatsoever. I remember his gentleness and graciousness...and, at the time, I had no idea his prominence nor was it anywhere apparent in his demeanor...

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At the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1989, I was up in front watching as Buddy Guy came down to the audience level on the grass separated by a chain link fence. He was walking along the line of people while continuing to play and I tried to get a picture. I fumbled with my cheap camera but realized that I had forgotten to advance the film for the next shot. Too late, I thought as Buddy passed by. But he had seen me fumbling, walked back and stood in front of me for a few seconds while tearing into one of his amazing solos and let me get the picture. Big smile on his face. Just an amazing, wonderful musician and human being.

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American legend.

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