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FINE CONDITION

BUDDY GUY - BLUES GUITARIST AND SINGER

Autographed original verso blind stamped White’s Photo Studio of Mobile, Alabama photograph of the bluesman at the start of his career, c. 1959.  The photograph denotes Guy as a Chess Recording Artist, a Chicago outfit and would have been taken at their request when he first signed in 1959.  The collection of Clyde Peterson, a blues singer was initially formed during the 1950’s.

Guy (1936 -     ) was born in Louisiana and self-trained on a 2 string home made “diddley bow” (hence the name of another bluesman) which essentially was a single string of baling wire wrapped around a bottle and nailed to a board and often played with a metal slide.  He graduated to an acoustic harmonic guitar his parents gave him, where he continued his self training.  By the mid 1950’s he was playing in clubs and working during the day as a janitor at LSU.  He made two demos whilst in Baton Rouge which were not issued in time to be helpful to him.  On September 25, 1957, Guy boarded a train to Chicago in the hopes of a professional career.  Muddy Waters was the hottest blues ticket in town and Guy, as well as other guitarists like Otis Rush and Magic Sam became disciples.  Rush and Sam both helped Guy get a recording contract with their label Cobra records fairly soon after he arrived.  Working as a sideman for Waters for the new Chess Records, eventually the Chess brothers, Leonard and Phil signed him to a contract in 1959.  Chess was a label that covered jazz, blues and boogie woogie and eventually fledgling rock & roll.  Early in his contract, Leonard tried to sabotage Guy as he thought of his blues turned rock ’n roll as noise.  Considering Eric Clapton considers Guy the greatest living guitarist, it speaks to Chess’s tin ear and lack of understanding what was coming down the pike.  Our photograph taken in Mobile, Alabama would likely have been taken as a head shot at the time Guy signed with Chess.  Chess made a number of singles with Guy, but rarely put any of them with their DJ’s.  He was allowed to make one album under the label, “I Left My Blues In San Francisco” in 1967.  When Leonard passed away in 1969, Guy had moved to Vanguard the year before.  Interestingly, Guy’s main recording years as a solo performer was from the 1990’s on and during the past few years, he issued four new albums and is working on a fifth.  At the age of 86, he is playing some 130 nights per year all over the world.  Beloved, he is truly the Dean of the Blues!

Extremely rare this early!