View Full Version : Otis Rush, Seminal Chicago Blues Guitarist, Dead at 84

Jimmy W
09-29-2018, 09:02 PM
“Known as a key architect of the Chicago ‘West Side Sound’ Rush exemplified the modernized minor key urban blues style with his slashing, amplified jazz-influenced guitar playing, high-strained passionate vocals and backing by a full horn section. Rush’s first recording in 1956 on Cobra Records ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ reached Number on the Billboard R&B Charts and catapulted him to international acclaim. He went on to record a catalog of music that contains many songs that are now considered blues classics.”


Otis Rush: I Cant Quit You Baby


09-29-2018, 10:09 PM
wow, thx

09-29-2018, 10:13 PM

Jim Bow
09-30-2018, 12:45 AM
Why did so many deep south blues players come to Chicago?

Jimmy W
09-30-2018, 01:04 AM
Why did so many deep south blues players come to Chicago?

The depression, Jim Crow laws, the hope to find something better including better pay. Some like R.L. Burnside went to Chicago and came back to Mississippi. R.L. said that his father, two uncles, and two brothers were killed in Chicago. He came back to Mississippi.



Jimmy W
09-30-2018, 01:28 AM

Otis Rush - Philadelphia, Mississippi

Willie Dixon - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Shakey (Big Walter) Horton - Horn Lake, Mississippi

Little Walter _ Marksville, Louisiana

Lafayette Leake - Winona, Missouri

Matt Murphy - Sunflower, Mississippi

Ike Turner - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
09-30-2018, 02:04 AM
Don't forget Muddy Waters-Clarksdale, Mississippi.


Jimmy W
09-30-2018, 02:08 AM
There were many more, but I just included the ones on that Album cover.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
09-30-2018, 02:13 AM
Chicago was and is a happening town.

Jimmy W
09-30-2018, 02:24 AM
Few of these had at that time moved there of their own accord. Some of those areas are still mostly black.

Map of Black share of population in the 1900 US Census


09-30-2018, 04:02 AM
That's a sad loss. Thanks for posting Jimmy.