This is all the more amazing simply because Reed's music was nothing special on the surface; he possessed absolutely no technical expertise on either of his chosen instruments and his vocals certainly lacked the fierce declamatory intensity of a Howlin' Wolf or a Muddy Waters.
But it was exactly that lack of in-your-face musical confrontation that made Jimmy Reed a welcome addition to everybody's record collection back in the '50s and '60s. I guess Jimmy could be termed the '50s punk bluesman. He stayed around the area until he was 15, learning the basic rudiments of harmonica and guitar from his buddy Eddie Taylor, who was then making a name for himself as a semi-pro musician, working country suppers and juke joints.
Reed moved up to Chicago in , but was quickly drafted into the Navy where he served for two years. After a quick trip back to Mississippi and marriage to his beloved wife Mary known to blues fans as "Mama Reed" , he relocated to Gary, IN, and found work at an Armour Foods meat packing plant while simultaneously breaking into the burgeoning blues scene around Gary and neighboring Chicago.
The early '50s found him working as a sideman with John Brim's Gary Kings that's Reed blowing harp on Brim's classic "Tough Times" and its instrumental flipside, "Gary Stomp" and playing on the street for tips with Willie Joe Duncan, a shadowy figure who played an amplified, homemade one-string instrument called a Unitar.
His songs were covered by everyone from Elvis to the Stones and as his records were one of the key factors in the British Blues Boom, his work must be considered among the most influential in Blues history.
Jimmy was born on a Delta plantation in and when he was 15 he started learning guitar from his buddy, Eddie Taylor. I Know It's a Sin You're Something Else Odds and Ends I Told You Baby A String to Your Heart Ends and Odds Little Rain Falling I'm Gonna Get My Baby Go on to School Honey Where Are You Going Roll 'N' Rhumba I'm Mr.
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