After his self-titled breakthrough, the trailblazer from McComb, Mississippi was a hot property on the US R&B singles chart.
Listen to 6,000 songs from 1,000 cultures on the Global Jukebox, an interactive website featuring the recordings of famed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.
We’ve compiled our top 10 Chicago blues artists, many of whom first emerged from the clubs in the black neighbourhoods on Chicago’s south side.
Born in Louisiana he worked with Sam Cooke before moving to Chicago and having a long running career as a fine guitar player and singer. Lonnie Brooks RIP
Buddy Guy and the PCa Blue charity have announced the veteran musician's Blues for Prostate Cancer initiative.
The 1959 Ray Charles single 'What'd I Say' is one of the seminal and much-covered records in R&B history, well worthy of a uDiscover overview and playlist.
Blues figureheads Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' will release their collaborative album TajMo on Concord on 5 May.
The Music of Cream, featuring members of the blues-rock band's dynasty with special guests, will tour in Australia and New Zealand in May and June 2017.
Louis Armstrong moved to New York in 1924 and began working as a session musician for Blues Divas like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Clara Smith
Eric Clapton started his 2017 live schedule with two warmly-received shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, on 19/20 March, 2017.
Cotton also collaborated with a remarkable array of stars of both rock and blues, including Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King.
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady rolled back the years with an electric performance at the Fillmore in San Francisco by Jefferson Airplane “spinoff” Hot Tuna.
To kick off the centennial celebrations of a blues titan's birth, the compilation Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker’s Finest will be released on 31 March.
A new production of The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith has had its US west coast premiere.
The first appearance on the R&B countdown of the Mississippi blues original came on 5 March 1955.
John Mayall has announced a 36-date UK tour of autumn 2017, starting 17 October in Crawley and ending in Folkestone on 26 November.