Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed

About Jimmy Reed

There's simply no sound in the blues as easily digestible, accessible, instantly recognizable, and as easy-to-play and sing as the music of Jimmy Reed. His best-known songs ("Baby, What You Want Me to Do," "Bright Lights, Big City," "Big Boss Man") have become such an integral part of the standard blues repertoire, it's almost as if they have existed forever. And his music -- lazy, loping, insistent, and constantly built on the same sturdy frame -- had a formula that proved to be enormously successful, both with middle-aged Black and young white audiences for a good dozen years. He inspired countless musicians, including Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, Jr., and the Rolling Stones, making him, in the long run, perhaps the most influential bluesman of all.

    Leland, MS
  • BORN
    September 6, 1925

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