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Electric Chicago Blues was developed in the late '40s and early '50s, taking what was essentially Delta blues, amplifying it, and putting it into a small-band context. Taking the basic guitar and harmonica lineup and fortifying it with drums, bass, and piano (sometimes saxophones), the form created what we now know as the standard blues band. Over the years, the electric Chicago style has been flexible enough to accommodate singers, guitarists, pianists, and harmonica players as the featured performer in front of the standard instrumentation. It has developed over the decades as well, with later versions of the style moving away from the strict Delta guitar patterns and embracing 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 Electric Chicago Blues has also embraced rock beats and modern funk rhythms in the last decade or so, its most avid practitioners have generally stayed within the guidelines developed in the 1950s and early '60s.

Electric Chicago Blues Artists Highlights

Little Walter
Little Walter
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed
Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Howlin' Wolf
Howlin' Wolf

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Electric 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
Greatest Hits (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)
Little Milton
Greatest Hits (Chess 50th ...
Essential Collection: The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958
Otis Rush
Essential Collection: The ...
The Definitive Collection
Bo Diddley
The Definitive Collection

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Electric Chicago Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Dust My Broom Elmore James
Evil Howlin' Wolf
I Can't Be Satisfied Muddy Waters
We're Gonna Make It Little Milton
I Can't Quit You Baby Otis Rush
Who Do You Love? Bo Diddley
High and Lonesome Jimmy Reed
Hello San Francisco Buddy Guy
One Way Out Sonny Boy Williamson II
Hate to See You Go Little Walter

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