Best blues singers in history

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Top 10 Best blues singers in history

Did you see the movie "The Mother of Blues?" It's a Netflix original and tells the story of one of the female exponents of this musical genre, Ma Rainey. Today we'll tell you a little about her and other artists we consider the best blues singers in history.


  • B.B. King

  • Muddy Waters

  • Robert Johnson

  • Bessie Smith

  • John Lee Hooker

  • Sonny Boy Williamson II

  • Willie Dixon

  • Ma Rainey

  • Howlin' Wolf

  • Son House

B.B. King


It's not for nothing that B.B. King is nicknamed the "King of the Blues".He is also considered one of the most influential musicians of all time. He is also ranked No. 6 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

He is also one of the best blues singers in history and was characterized by his particular way of interpreting the genre. His fame was such that he received 15 Grammys during his career, as well as awards, among them, the "National Medal of Arts". "National Medal of Arts"..



Muddy Waters


Muddy Waters is considered the "Father of Chicago Blues and is one of the exponents of the genre that inspired British blues artists in the early 1960s. This singer's voice was rich and deep. Muddy quickly received support from other artists who labeled him as the "Boss of Chicago".

These are some of his most classic songs, "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Got My Mojo Working" and "Rolling and Tumbling", in fact, they have been covered by groups of different genres.


Robert Johnson


His vocal style, the interpretative freedom and the lyrics of his songs of his songs, which intertwine festive, sexual and religious motifs, impacted the public who attended his performances due to the singer's poetic precision.

Likewise, he was a virtuoso guitarist, which is why Rolling Stone magazine ranked him in fifth place among the "100 greatest guitarists of all time.. However, at the beginning he was not an outstanding guitarist, so legends have arisen about this.


Bessie Smith


She was one of the most popular blues most popular during the 20s and 30s. In addition, she is considered to be "The Empress of the Blues." and one of the most influential performers with respect to the singers that would later emerge.

Smith made collaborations with the most important artists of her time such as. Fletcher Henderson, James P. Johnson and Louis Armstrong.. Likewise, Bessie's first recording was Down Hearted Blues, which she recorded in New York.


John Lee Hooker


John Lee Hooker is another one of the best blues singers in history who began his career in 1948 with his first single "Boogie Chillen". The way he sang this song was characterized by an almost spoken style.

From the rhythmic, the music of this performer was very free, this being one of the main characteristics of Delta blues. By the way, John was a singer originally from Mississippi, U.S.A. and during his career he recorded more than 100 albums. recorded more than 100 albums.


Willie Dixon


He made a great amount of compositions, recordings compositions, recordings, production work and performances. and performances. Among his most famous songs are: "29 Ways", "Nervous" and "Weak Brain, Narrow Mind". Many of his songs were even covered by other artists and bands.

Dixon not only stood out as one of the main representatives of "Chicago blues", but he also did it as a bassist. In addition, in 1994 he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Sonny Boy Williamson II



Many consider him to be the legend of the blues legend and made collaborations with other singers, among them, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Spann, Willie DixonMuddy Waters and the Canadian rock group The Band. He was also an excellent poet, composer and musician.

His real name was Aleck Ford and he was born in the state of Mississippi, United States. Some of his hits are: "Sonny Boy Williamson"Bummer road", "One way out" and "This is my story".


Ma Rainey


Ma Rainey stood out as one of the exponents of classic blues and the first one who did it with a jazz orchestra and piano accompaniment. In addition, she is considered as "the Mother of the Blues" for her vocal abilities, her energetic disposition and the style in which she sang, which was very similar to a lament.

Because of her legacy in music, in 2020 the Netflix platform released a biographical film titled "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." It tells the story of the singer with her band. It should be noted that Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman worked in this film.


Howlin' Wolf


Two of his greatest hits are : "Back Door Man" and "Smokestack Lightning". and in them you can notice the experimental style that Wolf had when making blues. Also, he was an exponent along with Muddy Waters of the Chicago Blues.

"Rockin' Chair Album" is one of the most famous blues most famous blues albums. It contained 4 songs that served as the basis for the repertoires of both American and English bands that were in love with the blues.


Son House


Son House had an innovative musical style that was characterized by its repetitive, marked and strong repetitive, marked and strong rhythms. Likewise, his singing was reminiscent of the wailing of chain gang "prison gangs".

He also excelled as a guitarist and wrote several songs. He influenced other singers, among them we can mention Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Likewise, House participated in music festivals such as the Newport Folk Festival in 1964.

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