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Jimmy Reed
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    (September 6, 1925-August 29, 1976)
    Born in Dunleith, Mississippi
    Birth name was Mathis James Reed
    Blues singer/guitarist/harmonica player
    Recorded the singles 'Ain't That Lovin' You Baby' (1956), 'Honest I Do' (1957), 'The Sun Is Shining' (1957), 'I Told You Baby' (1959), 'Baby What You Want Me To Do' (1960), 'Big Boss Man' (1961) and 'Bright Lights, Big City' (1962)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1991)
    He was an alcoholic who rigged a drinking tube into his harmonica rack so he could sneak booze on stage.
    He reportedly urinated on the dress of another singer while waiting in the wings at the Apollo Theater.
    His label, Vee-Jay Records, would have him arrested before recording sessions so he would have time to sober up.
    He would forget the lyrics to his songs and had his wife sit next to him whispering the words into his ear, or on some songs dueting with him.
    He served with the Navy in World War II.
    He suffered from epilepsy that went undiagnosed for years because doctors assumed he was having the DTs.
    Twelve of his songs hit the pop charts, making him one of the most successful crossover bluesmen of the 50s and 60s.
    His songs were covered by the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Elvis Presley.
    His 'Big Boss Man' and 'Bright Lights, Big City' were named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

Credit: C. Fishel

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