The Legendary Blues Band
from Chicago, IL
formed January 1, 1980 (age 41)
The Legendary Blues Band includes Calvin Jones (b.1926, Greenwood, Mississippi; bass, violin); Willie Smith (b.1935, Helena, Arkansas; drum); various others on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and piano. When the Muddy Waters band quit the master en masse in 1980, most of the sidemen stuck together and formed their own group. The Legendary Blues Band, as they were named, included Pinetop Perkins, Jerry Portnoy, Willie Smith, and Calvin Jones throughout its early years. Short-term member Louis Myers, another Muddy Waters alumnus, appeared as guitarist on the band's first album (Rounder, 1981). The band has since changed personnel with some regularity, and while its lineup has become progressively less "legendary" in name and/or historic associations, its music has remained solid and true to the mainstream Chicago style. In a later configuration, they even made the Billboard Black Music charts. Recent albums have featured guitarist Billy Flynn and harmonicist Madison Slim. The rhythm section of Jones and Smith has anchored the unit throughout the changes, never failing to deliver the Chicago blues with aplomb. ~ Jim O'Neal, Rovi
Legendary Blues Band at The Roxy - Wash DC 11-10-88
Legendary Blues Band - Keepin' the Blues Alive
The legendary blues band - Don't say that no more
The Legendary Blues Band "Life Of Ease" "Woke Up With The Blues"
The legendary blues band - Money talks
The Legendary Blues Band - Life of Ease
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