Buddy Guy was created on July 30, 1936, in Lettsworth, Louisiana. Muddy Waters found Guy while playing at nightclubs in Chicago, and helped him find work in the 708 Club. Guy recorded hits in the 1960s through the ’80s. In 2003, he released his first acoustic guitar blues record. Guy was created to Sam and Isabel Guy as one of five kids. At 7 years old, he got a budding fascination with music.
From the age of 19, Man had started working at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge as a custodian. Also by this time, he’d managed to get his first real guitar and started playing in clubs around Baton Rouge. Though he continued to hone his musical abilities, it was not until the summer of 1957 that Guy determined to pursue a career in music. Through the hot Louisiana summer, a pal of Guy’s proposed that Guy try his fortune as a musician in the Windy City.
Soon after arriving in Chicago, Guy met Otis Rush, who introduced the green musician into a place that Guy would grow to become quite comfortable with, the 708 Club. While playing at the 708 Club, Guy met among his idols, the legendary Muddy Waters. Waters was impressed with Guy’s musical ability, as well as the pair would later work collectively. Guy became a regular performer in the 708 Club, and was eventually found by composer Willie Dixon. Through Dixon, he could get a contract as a guitarist with Chess Records.
Guy remained with Chess until he left for Vanguard Records in the late 1960s, having a need to create credited music with more creative independence. The next year, he released the album A Man and the Blues with Vanguard. Guy collaborated with harmonica pro Junior Wells for a number of his most memorable pieces with Vanguard Records, including “Hoodoo Man Blues” and “Messin’ With the Kid.”
A chain of popular records were released by Guy in the ’60s through the ’80s. It was also in this time the blues musician cultivated a loyal rock ‘n’ roll following. Several popular rock musicians, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck, mention Guy as an important musical inspiration.
Guy has continued to create music in the 21st century, working with such modern artists as Carlos Santana and John Mayer. In 2003, he released Blues Singer, an acoustic guitar record featuring performances of some of Guy’s favourite tunes, including Skip James covers and Son House covers. In 2005, Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.