Chicago Blues – 1970s to Early 1980s – Part 3

Big Smokey Smothers with Lester Davenport on harmonica, 1982, Blues On Halsted, Chicago. Photo by Alan Harper, courtesy Illinois Slim.

Jimmie Lee Robinson 1979. Photo Jim O’Neal.

Mary Lane at Theresa’s. Photo by Marc PoKempner.

Big Leon Brooks and Rich Yescalis! Photo by D. Shigley.

Ted Harvey

Big Smokey Smothers, Lee Shot Williams, Lester Davenport, Little Smokey Smothers, 1982, Kingston Mines, Chicago. Photo by Alan Harper.

Lamar Chatman and Lee Jackson at Kingston Mines.

Willie Davis Publicity Shot (Courtesy of Jim O’Neal)

L.C. Roby Publicity Shot

Eddie Shaw and Johnny Littlejohn. Photo Amy Van Singel.

Carey Bell and his son Steve Bell.

Eddie “J.T.” Burks. Photo courtesy of Blues Archives.

Eddie “J.T.” Burks. Photo courtesy of Blues Archives.

Billy Branch playing Harmonica in 1973 with Lonnie Brooks on guitar. Photo by Jim O’Neal.

Lonnie Brooks with Fred Below in the background playing drums.

Queen Sylvia Embry at Biddy Mulligans, Chicago in 1981. Photo by Martin Feldmann.

Jimmy Walker. Photo by Alan Harper.

Jimmy Johnson. Photo by Alan Harper.

Boston Blackie and Eddie C. Campbell 1977. Photo by Andre Hobus.

Larry Taylor, Little Wolf, Tim Taylor at the Delta Fish Market. Photo Kurt Whiting.

Floyd Jones

Mighty Joe Young. Photo Tom Copi.

Signed Hound Dog Taylor photo.

Willie Dixon mentoring his grandson Alex Dixon at their Chicago home in 1983. A year later Willie moved to California. Photo courtesy Deborah Roldan-Dixon.

Lester Davenport, Bob Corritore, Little Willie Anderson, Chicago, early 1980s.

James Scott on the Bass. James was also a great guitarist.

Snooky Pryor

Sunnyland Slim, Zora Young, Big Smokey Smothers, 1983. Photo courtesy Paul Barry.

Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers. L-R: Hound Dog Taylor, Ted Harvey, Brewer Phillips. Photo by Bob Keeling.

Hound Dog Taylor had six fingers on each hand. Photo Peter Amft.

Fenton Robinson did both a print ad seen here and a musical jingle radio ad for Newport Cigarettes. This ad appeared in Ebony Magazine, January 1970 issue.

Arlean Brown. Photo Erik Lindahl.

Eddie C. Campbell. Photo courtesy Jim Simpson, Big Bear Records.

Odie Payne Jr. in 1978. Photo by Erik Lindahl.

Little Wolf. Photo D. Shigley.

Little Pat Rushing on Maxwell Street.

Andrew Bluebood McMahon publicity photo. Andrew launched his own career in the 1970s after playing bass in the Howlin’ Wolf Band for years.

Syl Johnson, blues and soul artist promotional photo.

Otis Rush. Photo Erik Lindahl.

Lurrie Bell late 1970s. Photo Hans Ekestang.

Hip Linkchain and Twist Turner.

Billy Boy Arnold

Jimmy Dawkins, 1982. Photo Bert Oortmarssen.

Jimmy Dawkins. Photo Jean-Pierre Tahmazian.

Otis Rush 1974. Photo Jean-Pierre Tahmazian.

Left Handed Frank.


Hound Dog Taylor at the 1970 Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Festival.


Hubert Sumlin and Highway Man at the Delta Fish Market. Photo David Herwaldt.


Big Smokey Smothers and Little Smokey Smothers at the Delta Fish Market. Photo by David Herwalt.



Detroit Junior, 1980. Photo by David Herwaldt.

Willie Dixon at WNTH in 1970. Photo by Cary Baker.
Lucille Spann and Homesick James, 1973, Ann Arbor. Photo by Steve Lavere.
Carey Bell and Eddie Taylor, 1980. Photo by Charlie Sawyer.
Eddie Shaw’s Place AKA the 1815 club, May 1977. The second person seated from the left, is Cicero Blake. Photo Jeff Todd Titon.
Twist Turner, Necktie Nate, Smilin’ Bobby. Photo by Erik Lindahl.

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2 thoughts on “Chicago Blues – 1970s to Early 1980s – Part 3

  1. I lived in Chicago for a couple of years in the mid 70’s. I regularly went to blues clubs, including Elsewhere. The October Elsewhere schedule shown in these photos is a document that demonstrates the incredible talent in the city at the time. My wife and I went to Elsewhere on the first night of Big Walter’s tenure, and many of his friends were there. We sat at a booth with an elderly couple. Soon the gentleman got up, went to the stage, and started playing memorable harp. It was John Wrencher, who I had never heard of.

  2. I’ve been a fan of blues music since the mid 60’s when my grandpa told me we were related to John Mayall. Every time we went to downtown Memphis I would escape to the record stores and search for 45’s by John Mayhall and could only find a guy named John Mayall. I started buying them and listening. The next time I saw my grandpa I told him John Mayhall spells his name Mayall. My grandpa, quick on his feet, told me when we came over on the boat we added the h in our lat name. Being 7 I believed him and kept buying his music. I finally figured it out but have been a blues fan ever since.
    Thank you Bob Corritore for the link to more great blues artists. My music collection will grow and my knowledge will increase.

    David Mayhall

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