Buddy Scott

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Chicago guitarist Kenneth "Buddy" Scott hailed from an extended musical brood, to put it mildly. His brothers, singer Howard and guitarist Walter, are mainstays on the local scene; his son,…
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Chicago guitarist Kenneth "Buddy" Scott hailed from an extended musical brood, to put it mildly. His brothers, singer Howard and guitarist Walter, are mainstays on the local scene; his son, guitarist Kenneth "Hollywood" Scott, leads Tyrone Davis' Platinum Band, and even his grandmother Ida knew her way around a guitar -- she played on the South Side with the likes of Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson back in the 1950s. Buddy Scott left Mississippi for Chicago at age seven. Both his mom and local legend Reggie Boyd tutored him as a guitarist. Like several of his brothers, Buddy was a member of a local doo wop vocal group, the Masqueraders, during the early '60s, and recorded a few singles with his siblings as the Scott Brothers later in the decade. He was best known as leader of Scotty & the Rib Tips, who were staples of the South Side and West Side blues circuit; they were featured on Alligator's second batch of Living Chicago Blues anthologies in 1980. By the time Scott caught his big major-label break with Verve in 1993 with his debut domestic album, Bad Avenue, it was too late for him to capitalize on his belated good fortune; he died from stomach cancer shortly after the album's release.