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Elmore James

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Elmore James

Elmore James

Shooting to national fame when his high-voltage adaptation of Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom” became the surprise R&B hit of 1951, Elmore James, King of the Slide Guitar, established a signature sound that would impact a host of contemporaries and blues-rock guitar legends. A raucous singer, songwriter, and band leader, James moved to Chicago the following year where he continued to record, creating a dense, textured sound that shaped the city’s postwar blues. Born to sharecropper parents in Richland, Mississippi, James’ legacy included “The Sky Is Crying” and “It Hurts Me Too."

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