Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Guitar Slim!

Today in 1926, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones was born.

He didn't have a long career; (he passed away at the age of 32 in 1959) however short lived it was, he did make a name for himself.

After leaving Mississippi and going to New Orleans, he recorded "The Things That I Used to Do" in 1954, which became a number one hit (famously, Stevie Ray Vaughan covered this song).

He became an alcoholic and unfortunately died of pneumonia. He is still remembered for his guitar tones, which were distorted enough (remember this was the 50's) to cause a ruckus. Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy really learned a lot of Slim.

Here's a song fitting to tell the tale of Guitar Slim, called "Bad Luck Blues".

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