Jimmy Reed

Mathis James Reed (September 6, 1925 ā€“ August 29, 1976)[1] was an American blues musician and songwriter. His particular style of electric blues[2] was popular with blues as well as non-blues audiences. Reed's songs such as "Honest I Do" (1957), "Baby What You Want Me to Do" (1960), "Big Boss Man" (1961), and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1961) appeared on both Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues and Hot 100 singles charts.[3]

Jimmy Reed
Background information
Birth nameMathis James Reed
Born(1925-09-06)September 6, 1925
Dunleith, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedAugust 29, 1976(1976-08-29) (aged 50)
Oakland, California, U.S.
GenresBlues
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, harmonica, guitar
Years active1940sā€“1976
LabelsVee-Jay

Reed influenced other musicians, such as Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., and the Rolling Stones, who recorded his songs.[4] Music critic Cub Koda describes him as "perhaps the most influential bluesman of all," due to his easily accessible style.[4]


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