Elmore James – Photo of the Week
Elmore James – Everyone knows him as the “King of the Slide Guitar”. Next, this Mississippi-born blues musician is the most important slide guitarist of the post war era. A lot of people Remember him for his distinguishable voice and early use of distortion with amplifiers he crafted. But above all for his cover of Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”.
The trademark of his career, James revered rendition of that song. Contains what is possibly the most famous riff in the history of the blues. He’s also responsible for such classics as “The Sky Is Crying”, “Shake Your Moneymaker”, and “Bleeding Heart”. The work of Elmore James greatly impacts such musicians as Hound Dog Taylor, Eric Clapton, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks. Furthermore this photo is a promotional photo.
James – The Early Years
Born into a sharecropping family, James plays guitar in his teens and tours the Mississippi Delta with Robert Johnson. Who is the principal influence on his music, in the late 1930s. Next, he then performs in the South with the second Sonny Boy Williamson before becoming a mainstay of Chicago blues in the 1950s. He recorded several versions of his 1952 hit “Dust My Broom” and repeated that song’s opening guitar chorus on many later recordings.
Characteristically, his singing was harsh, including shouted phrases, and his vivid slide guitar replies featured heavy amplifier reverberation. His most-praised work began in 1958 and included the slow blues songs “The Sky Is Crying” (1959) and “It Hurts Me Too” (1965). Numerous rock musicians, including the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, adopted his hard-driving style and often recorded his songs. James was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
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Photo Credits: Elmore James US Blues Musician – BBKW55 – Pictorial Press Ltd