Junior Wells
The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James
His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
Muddy Waters

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What is now referred to as the classic Chicago Blues style was developed in the late '40s and early '50s, taking Delta blues, fully amplifying it and putting it into a small-band context. Adding drums, bass, and piano (sometimes saxophones) to the basic string band and harmonica aggregation, the style created the now standard blues band lineup. The form was (and is) flexible to accommodate singers, guitarists, pianists, and harmonica players as the featured performer in front of the standard instrumentation. Later permutations of the style took place in the late '50s and early '60s, with new blood taking their cue from the lead guitar work of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker, creating the popular west side subgenre (which usually featured a horn section appended to the basic rhythm section). Although the form has also embraced rock beats, it has generally stayed within the guidelines developed in the 1950s and early '60s.

Chicago Blues Artists Highlights

Junior Wells
Junior Wells
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
Little Walter
Little Walter
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed

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Chicago Blues Album Highlights

The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James
Elmore James
The Sky Is Crying: The ...
His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
Howlin' Wolf
His Best: The Chess 50th ...
His Best, 1947 to 1955
Muddy Waters
His Best, 1947 to 1955
Essential Collection: The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958
Otis Rush
Essential Collection: The ...
The Very Best of Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy
The Very Best of Buddy Guy
Blues Masters: The Very Best of Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed
Blues Masters: The Very ...

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Chicago Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Rollin' and Tumblin' Elmore James
I Ain't Superstitious Howlin' Wolf
I Can't Be Satisfied Muddy Waters
I Can't Quit You Baby Otis Rush
She Suits Me to a T Buddy Guy
Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed
Forty-Four Howlin' Wolf
Spoonful Howlin' Wolf
Tiger in Your Tank Muddy Waters
Can't Get No Grindin' Muddy Waters

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