These Blues artists have been (quite rightly so) officially recognised and inducted as Legendary Blues Artists in the Blues Hall of Fame.
I've included my personal favourites. If I've missed any you feel deserves to be included in this list, feel free to add, or vote for an existing artist.
The Top Ten
1Muddy WatersMcKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
Wot? Only numero deux? Well... He was a Son before he became a Father, so... guess it's okay:).
3Freddie KingFreddie 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.
6Stevie Ray VaughanStephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.
8Duane AllmanHoward Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.
9Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
You sure bout this? He's in the R&R Hall, but don't recall him being inducted into the BHOF.
Yes, not sure the of the year he was inducted but it's for: "Electric Blues Rock" His certification can be found here: www.blueshalloffame.com/Artists_Exhibit_Pages/Jimi_Hendrix_Exhibit.html
He was also inducted into the Fender Hall Of Fame in (I think) 2010. - Britgirl
10Janis JoplinJanis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
Actually, her "psychedelic" period wasn't all that psychedelic, and fairly short. In the two years she fronted for Big Brother, the music was mostly blues-rock and R&B. The Kozmic Blues band and Full Tilt Boogie were much cleaner, tighter bands, and she was still rock, blues-rock and R&B, though her vocal control had improved markedly. Then, she passed.
11Johnny WinterJohn Dawson Winter III, known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.
15Etta JamesEtta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
18Taj MahalHenry Saint Clair Fredericks, who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American blues musician, a self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, piano, banjo, and harmonica, among many other instruments.
20Bo DiddleyEllas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll.
21Buddy GuyGeorge "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.
22Sonny Boy Williamson II
24Mississippi Fred McDowell
34"Chief" Eddy Clearwater
39Robert JohnsonRobert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.