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June 22 – June 28 Blues Birthdays

Geoffrey “Jeff” Beck: 6/24/1944

As one of the most celebrated guitarists to emerge from the British blues rock scene of the 60s, over the years Jeff Beck has proven his prowess time and time again. Experimentation has always been a priority for Beck, who saw The Yardbirds venture into new frontiers of psychedelic rock, The Jeff Beck Band’s jazz fusion and hard rock set foundations for heavy metal, and his own career push the boundaries of rock guitar. Most recently he collaborated with Johnny Depp to cover John Lennon’s song “Isolation”, stating this is a first release of an ongoing musical collaboration between the two.

William Broonzy aka Big Bill Broonzy: 6/26/1893

The influential blues musician led a prolific recording career that saw him both adapt traditional and pen original songs that numbered in the hundreds. Though he was a pioneer of Chicago blues, he became far more popular for his acoustic driven, earlier folk-blues style that made him a sensation among both American and British folk revivals.

David Edwards aka Honeyboy Edwards: 6/28/1915

The Delta blues musician traveled with his mentor Big Joe Williams as a young man, and experienced the likes of Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, and even played with Robert Johnson. Up until his death, he had performed in the blues for nearly seventy years and gone onto win numerous awards and honors, including Grammy and National Guitar Museum Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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