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Jimmy Reed


If you don’t already know that Jimmy Reed is a king of popular blues standards, then read on. Now dig — if you have ever heard anyone play “Bright Lights, Big City,” “Baby, What You Want Me to Do,” “Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby,” “Big Boss Man,” “Going To New York,” “You Don’t Have to Go,” “Boogie In the Dark,” “High And Lonesome” or “Honest I Do” then you have heard the sweet Delta influenced stylings of tunesmith Jimmy Reed.

His easy-going blues songs have been covered by everyone from Elvis to The Rolling Stones to Charlie Rich to Bob Dylan (not to mention an endless sea of UK and US Garage bands). Reed was notorious for getting so sauced that he could barely stand up before suddenly snapping to and hitting the stage with all the gusto of a skilled and sober musician. Because his music was so kicked back and accessible, many musicians found his timeless blues songs naturally approachable and playable. From the 1950s to the 1960s Reed sold almost as many records as the better known B.B. King. He passed away in Oakland on August 29, 1976. – Eric Shea

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7 Comments for 'Jimmy Reed'

    September 12, 2009 | 10:53 pm

    Does anyone remember “Jimmy Reed” blues musician?
    Jimmy Vaughn does a song about him.
    Yeah Barry, You got me runin’ got me hidin’ got me run , hide hide run anyway you want to let it go yeah yeah yeah. I listened to Hoss in the 60 ‘s and nothin’ else WLS in Chicago too but espically Nashville since I spent every summer there.

    September 13, 2009 | 3:55 am

    No, sorry I don’t.
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    martin couch
    September 13, 2009 | 3:57 am


    I have more than a dozen of Jimmy Reed’s albums, and a very rare ep with music and an interview. One of my favorite blues artists!
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    Atomic Mama
    September 13, 2009 | 3:59 am

    I sure do! And he was a personal friend. I interviewed him for my old radio program, "Atomic Mama’s Wang Dang Doodle Blues Show" (WNIB) in Chicago in 1974 or thereabouts. There was an extensive interview with him published in Living Blues Magazine that year or the next, which has been expanded and reprinted in the book, "The Voice of the Blues" (Routledge: New York and London, 2002), available through Amazon.
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    http://www.livingblues.com and personal acquaintance with the man.

    September 13, 2009 | 4:01 am

    Yeah man! I dig Jimmy Reed
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    September 13, 2009 | 4:03 am

    For sure !!! If you every heard "Big Boss Man" you`d never forget it !! A line from one of his other hits` below that I still catch myself humming every now and then !
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    You got me runnin` , you got me hidin`, you got me run hide , run hide , anyway ya want me yeah yeah yeah . Always listened to "Hoss Allen" on WLAC in Nashville TN. to hear these great blues songs back in the day !!

    September 13, 2009 | 4:05 am

    Absolutely. The major artist for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago. Check out: http://www.vee-jay.net/ click on Music and then Blues and listen Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker among others.
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