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ROGERS, Jimmy

(b 3 June '24, Ruleville MS; d 19 Dec. '97) Blues guitarist, also singer, played piano and harmonica. Raised in Atlanta, Memphis and other places, one of ten children. Self-taught on home-made guitar from c '35, worked in East St Louis late '30s, Chicago from '41, became one of the most important sidemen in Chicago blues, playing second guitar on Muddy Waters classics, also with Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Sunnyland Slim, many others. Worked outside music, recorded on Shelter with Freddie King (later on Capitol CD), on Rounder with Bob Riedy's Blues Band, with Waters on Black & Blue and on Blue Sky, with Ronnie Earl on Bullseye Blues etc. His own records began on Regal '49, on Chess through the '50s, later on Antone's, Blind Pig, Evidence, other labels.