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Junior Wells & Buddy Guy

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Filmed in a Chicago club as part of the 1970 documentary “Chicago Blues” featuring Junior Wells (harmonica and vocals), Buddy Guy (guitar), David Myers (bass) and Sam Lay (drums).

Junior Wells and guitarist Buddy Guy worked together frequently starting in the 1960s, and featured Guy on guitar when he recorded his first album, “Hoodoo Man Blues” for Delmark Records. Wells and Guy supported the Rolling Stones on numerous occasions in the 1970s. Although Juniors albums “South Side Blues Jam” (1971) and “On Tap” (1975) proved he had not lost his aptitude for Chicago blues, his 1980s and 1990s discs were inconsistent. However with his 1996 release “Come On in This House” he redeemed himself an intriguing set of classic blues songs with a rotating cast of slide guitarists, among them Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris, Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks. Wells made an appearance in the film Blues Brothers 2000, the sequel to The Blues Brothers, which was released in 1998.

Wells continued performing until he was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 1997. That fall, he suffered a heart attack while undergoing treatment, sending him into a coma. Wells died in Chicago, after succumbing to lymphoma on January 15, 1998, and was interred in the Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago.

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