Junior Pettis

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b. Coleman Pettis Jnr., c.1935, Alabama, USA, d. April 1988. Pettis worked under a variety of pseudonyms including Daddy Rabbit, Alabama Junior, and Junior Pettis. He learned to play guitar at the age…
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b. Coleman Pettis Jnr., c.1935, Alabama, USA, d. April 1988. Pettis worked under a variety of pseudonyms including Daddy Rabbit, Alabama Junior, and Junior Pettis. He learned to play guitar at the age of eight and moved to Chicago in 1952. He was strongly influenced by Lee Jackson, with whom he worked as rhythm guitarist, and is best known for his spell working with Magic Slim from 1973-83. He can be heard on several of Slim’s records, supplying excellent complementary work to the leader’s tough playing, and he also provides occasional lead vocals and compositions. In 1987 he made his only album under his own name for the Wolf label, and he died of cancer in 1988.