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Ronald “Ronnie” Wood: 6/1/1947

The English musician, songwriter and record producer has been the guitarist of The Rolling Stones since 1976.  Over the years he has also contributed piano, bass, lap steel and pedal steel guitars, drums, saxophone, and backing vocals.  Before he joined the Stones, he was part of The Birds, The Jeff Beck Group and Creation.  Today, he stil regularly performs on solo projects and remains a member of the blues rock super-group the Faces.

 

Zsuzsanna Eva Ward AKA ZZ Ward: 6/2/1986

This singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, and blues harp) made her official recording debut in 2012 with the acclaimed Til the Casket Drops. She has created a unique style that fuses the likes of the blues, rock, and pop with hip-hop and both contemporary soul and R&B. Her vocal abilities have been praised for evoking the spirit of Etta James, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin.

 

Lizzie Douglas AKA Memphis Minnie: 6/3/1897

As one of the few blueswomen to both sing and contribute guitar to her own recordings, this influential Louisiana-born musician was renowned for her instrumental prowess. Active from the early 20’s into the late 50’s, she prolifically recorded over 200 songs during her career, the best known of those being “When the Levee Breaks”, “Bumble Bee”, and “Me and My Chauffeur Blues”.

James Lane AKA Jimmy Rogers: 6/3/1924

This significant Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harpist was an integral member of Muddy Waters first band from the late 40’s into the mid-50’s. He set out as a bandleader in 1954 and enjoyed a successful period until the blues began to lose popularity due the emergence of rock & roll at the tail end of the 50’s. Aside from working with Howlin’ Wolf shortly in the 60’s, Rogers retreated from professional music and didn’t return in full until the early 80’s and would regularly record and tour until he passed away in 1997.

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