Top Ten Black Blues Musicians

Decided it was time to balance things out a little from BrianScott01's list of Top 10 White Blues Musicians. I love so many so I apologise if I've left out a really obvious musician who deserves to be here - you are welcome to add or vote for an existing favourite.

The Top Ten

1 Muddy Waters Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".

Obviously Muddy is special and incredibly talented but since it's so hard for me to decide on an all-out favourite, I give him gold for sentimental reasons. He was the first Blues musician I fell in love with. - Britgirl

2 Taj Mahal Taj Mahal

I love his husky, raspy, gritty, gravelly vocals! And I promise not to mention what a fantastic guitarist and harmonica player he is... - Britgirl

3 Elmore James Elmore James
4 Freddie King Freddie King Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He has been described as one of the "Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King.
5 Buddy Guy Buddy Guy George "Buddy" Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
6 B.B. King B.B. King Riley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.
7 Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf

I do love Howlin' Wolf but I can't help thinking he is the vocal spit of Popeye! Sorry! I DO love him, but my cockatiel Charlie loves him more. - Britgirl

8 Little Walter
9 Albert King Albert King Albert King Nelson, known professionally as Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing.
10 James Cotton

The Contenders

11 Robert Johnson Robert Johnson

Thank you for adding RJ, Rambles. BrianScott01 would have appreciated it too. - Britgirl

12 Blind Willie Johnson
13 Luther Allison
14 Junior Wells
15 Pinetop Perkins
16 Otis Spann
17 Junior Parker
18 Fred McDowell
19 Albert Collins Albert Collins Albert Gene Drewery, known as Albert Collins and the Ice Man, was an American blues guitarist who was one of the most influential in the blues business. He was famously known for using a capo and alternate tunings.
20 Chief Eddie Clearwater
21 Joe Louis Walker
22 Gary Clark Jr. Gary Clark Jr.
23 Bernard Allison
24 George Smith
25 Slim Harpo
26 Sonny Boy Williamson II
27 Big Walter Horton
28 T-Bone Walker T-Bone Walker
29 Keb' Mo'
30 Little Willie Littlefield
31 Brother Yusef
32 Eric Bibb
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