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Elmore James

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Birth Name: Elmore Brooks
Birth Place: Holmes County, Mississippi
Genres: Blues

Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918 in Holmes County, Mississippi and was a blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, and band leader. James was nicknamed “the King of the Slide Guitar” because of his style of playing the guitar. Fascinated by music as a child, James began to write, sing, and play his own songs from around the age of twelve using a one-string instrument known as a “diddley bow” or “jitterbug.” By the time he was a teenager, James was playing gigs at local dances billed as 'Cleanhead' and 'Joe Willie James.' James' musical interests were influenced by Robert Johnson, Kokomo Arnold and Tampa Red. James set out to have a career in music after he had left school; h... Continue Bio >>

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