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Buddy Guy

He is a thrillingly inventive guitarist, a passionately soulful singer and a peerless showman. In the course of a decades-long professional career, he has sold more than 2 million albums, earned five Grammy® Awards and 24 W.C. Handy Blues Awards—more than any other single artist.

George “Buddy” Guy was born July 30, 1936, in Lettsworth, La. “I was so far out in the country, man," he once said. "We didn’t have running water, no electric lights, no radio, and I didn’t know nothing about no electric guitar. We used to get the catalogs, like from Sears, and that’s how our mother would order our clothes. Didn’t have no stores there to buy clothes from."

Today, Guy is an internationally celebrated symbol of the living blues. Owner of Chicago nightclub Buddy Guy’s Legends, he continues to tour worldwide, and he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.