Jimmy Dawkins Passes

Jimmy Dawkins Passes


RIP Jimmy Dawkins - October 24, 1936 to April 10, 2013. Legendary Chicago blues guitarist/singer Jimmy Dawkins passed away yesterday after a long ordeal with numerous health issues. He was 77. Originally from Tchula, Mississippi, Jimmy Dawkins moved to Chicago in 1955 and began to emerge as an in-demand session guitarist in the 1960s. He had a new, more electric approach to blues guitar than was ever heard before and it took the blues world by a storm. While making these innovative new sounds, Jimmy was simultaneously firmly rooted in the deep traditions of the blues.  In 1969 he made his debut CD Fast Fingers for the Delmark label, which firmly established Jimmy Dawkins as an artist in his own right. He was a good, understated vocalist, but his biting single string lead guitar was his strongest selling point. He made many albums in his career for a number of labels: Delmark, Earwig, Ichiban, Black & Blue, Excello, Evidence, JSP, Wild Dog Blues, Fedora, Storyville, and Rumble. Jimmy also recorded some brilliant backing on sessions by Johnny Young & Big Walter Horton, George "Wild Child" Butler, Carey Bell, Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, and others. Jimmy activated his Leric Records label in the 1980s, issuing singles by up and coming blues artists such as Nora Jean, Mojo Elem, Little Johnny Christian, Queen Sylvia Embry, Vance Kelly, and Tail Dragger (Delmark recently reissued these sides in their 2010 release Jimmy Dawkins Presents the Leric Story). With Jimmy's passing we lose one of the great developmental stylists of contemporary Chicago blues guitar.His bold, forward thinking sound influenced those that followed him.

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