Elmore James

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Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues and rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader. He was known as King of the Slide Guitar, but he was also noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, for his influential slide guitar techniques, participating in "the birth and flowering" of electric blues, and pioneering blues rock by "energizing primal riffs with a raw, driving intensity."

His band, the Broomdusters, was one of the first electric blues bands in the Mississippi Delta and Chicago. As an electric guitar pioneer, he used techniques such as distortion, power chords and slides in the 1950s to create an "explosive sound" that was "screaming with sustained tones" and was distorted and densely textured. He was one of the prime architects of the Chicago blues school, while his hard driving blues guitar work, the "thunderous blast" of his guitar sound, and his slashing and bottleneck guitar techniques, had a strong influence on the development of modern rock music, particularly heavy metal and hard rock. He had a strong influence on British blues bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and The Yardbirds, and rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
Blues 1
Blues & Rhythm Series: The Chronological Elmore James 1951-1953 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1953 Can't Stop Lovin' / Make a Little Love 1
1953 I Believe / I Held My Baby Last Night 1
1954 Make My Dreams Come True / Hand in Hand 1
1957 It Hurts Me Too / Elmore's Contribution to Jazz 1
1957 The 12 Year Old Boy / Coming Home 2
1958 Cry for Me Baby / Take Me Where You Go 1
1960 The Sky Is Crying / Held My Baby Last Night 1
1961 Look on Yonder Wall / Shake Your Moneymaker 1
1962 Stranger Blues / Anna Lee 1
1965 Bleeding Heart / Mean Mistreatin' Mama 1
1965 Everyday I Have the Blues / Dust My Broom 1
1965 It Hurts Me Too / Pickin' the Blues 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Done Somebody Wrong / Pickin' the Blues / Dust My Broom 1

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Year Title RatingReleases
Dust My Broom 1
Dust My Broom 1

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