Buddy Guy is considered one of the pioneers of the Chicago Blues sound and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 2003, he was named to Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Guy started recording in 1956 and signed to the Chess label in 1959. Due to Leonard Chess’ denouncement of Guy’s playing as “noise,” his career never really took off. Chess tried recording Guy as a solo artist with different types of music, but none were released as singles. Guy’s only album under the Chess label was Left My Blues in San Francisco, released in 1967.
Despite his less than stellar stint with Chess records, Guy went on to win five Grammys, 23 W.C. Handy Awards (more than any other artist has ever received), the National Medal of Arts (2003), and Billboard Magazine’s “The Century Award” (only the second recipient). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 by Eric Clapton and B.B. King.