Born and raised in rural Mississippi, Elmore James cut his teeth in local juke-joints playing alongside iconic singer/harmonica player, Sonny Boy Williamson II, (aka Rice Miller). A skillful slide guitarist, James served in the US Navy during World War II before taking up a position at an electrical repair shop after his discharge. He used his knowledge of electronics to build a rudimentary electric guitar and developed a uniquely powerful guitar sound that attracted the attention of the local Trumpet Records label. His debut for the label was the scintillating Dust My Broom, which led to a host of offers from larger labels. After relocating to Chicago, James recorded for Chess, Modern and Fire Records, producing the enduring classics The Sky Is Crying and Shake Your Moneymaker. He died in 1963 of a heart attack, exacerbated by years of alcohol abuse.
Followers: Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Brian Jones, John Mayall, Homesick James, J.B.Hutto
Influenced By: Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy 'Rice Miller' Williamson, Son House...