Jimmy Reed

American blues musician (1925–1976) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Mathis James Reed (September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976)[1] was an American blues musician and songwriter. His particular style of electric blues[2] was popular with a wide variety of audiences. Reed's songs such as "Honest I Do" (1957), "Baby What You Want Me to Do" (1960), "Big Boss Man" (1961), and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1961) appeared on both Billboard magazine's R&B and Hot 100 singles charts.[3]

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Jimmy Reed
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Background information
Birth nameMathis James Reed
Born(1925-09-06)September 6, 1925
Dunleith, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedAugust 29, 1976(1976-08-29) (aged 50)
Oakland, California, U.S.
GenresBlues
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, harmonica, guitar
Years active1940s–1976
LabelsVee-Jay
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Reed influenced many other musicians, including Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., and the Rolling Stones, who recorded his songs.[4] Music critic Cub Koda describes him as "perhaps the most influential bluesman of all," due to his easily accessible style.[4]

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