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Jimmy Reed

Induction category: Performer


Mathias James Reed aka Jimmy Reed (vocals, guitar, harmonica, songwriter; September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976) Jimmy Reed ranks as one of the most popular and significant bluesmen of the postwar era. No one, save B.B. King, so effectively reached both black and white audiences in the Fifties and Sixties. His most popular songs are indelible in their simplicity and accessibility. They include such classics of the genre as “Big Boss Man,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” “Baby What You Want Me to Do” and “Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby.” But that just scratches the surface of a very prolific ...

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