b. 16 December 1929, Baconton, Georgia, USA. Wheeler became interested in the blues during the 30s and learned to play harmonica from Buster Brown in the early 50s. Wheeler moved to Chicago in 1954 and began to play seriously the following year, inspired by Junior Wells and Little Walter. He formed his first band, but after a few years of low pay and problems with other musicians, he performed less and less, and did not resume an active musical career until 1987. Wheeler is a solid Chicago blues singer and player, and has recorded for the Mr. Blues label in 1976 (issued by Rooster in 1988) and for Wolf Records under his own name and as accompanist to Eddie King and Artie ‘Blues Boy’ White.