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In a career that has lasted well over fifty years, Buddy Guy has played with everyone who matters and everyone who cares about the Blues. From Jeff Beck to Eric Clapton and many more, they have all happily stood in line, for the chance to play the Blues with Buddy. He is our living link to the glory days of Chicago Blues and Chess Records. "By far and without doubt, the best guitar player alive" ­- Eric Clapton George 'Buddy' Guy was born in 1936 on a farm and made his first guitar when he was thirteen years old. By 1953, the 17-year-old was sitting in with Lightnin' Slim and Lazy Lester at Baton Rouge clubs. In 1957, Buddy's mother had a stroke and so he went to Chicago looking for work. One day, while playing on the street someone took him to a club where Otis Rush was playing and Buddy sat in. Someone got Muddy Waters to the club where the 21-year-old was playing. . . Buddy was on his way. By 1958, Guy had become a regular player on the thriving club scene and he was ready to record. His first session was for the Artistic label and a second session later in the year produced two more sides. None of these charted and it wasn't until Guy signed for the Chess label, that things began happening for him as a solo artist. At his first session, recorded on 2nd March 1960, he did four songs including; 'Broken Hearted Blues', 'I Got My Eyes On You' and 'First Time I Met The Blues', a classic meeting of Guy's soulful vocals and his slashing guitar. All are included on the compilation album Blues Greats – Buddy Guy. Besides his own records, he was also an 'in demand' session player, backing Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon. In 1962, Buddy had his only hit on the Billboard R&B charts, when Stone Crazy got to No.12 – you can also hear this track on the album, Blues Greats – Buddy Guy. As a sideman he can be heard to great effect on Muddy Waters' Folk Singer album. Two very different, but equally satisfying albums, are 1968's I Left My Blues in San Francisco, which he recorded for Chess and his 1970 album for Blue Thumb, Buddy & the Juniors which has him appearing with Junior wells, the harmonica great and is one of the best albums of Buddy's long career.
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