Henry 'Mule' Townsend (October 27, 1909 – September 24, 2006) was a blues singer, guitarist and pianist. Townsend was born in Shelby, Mississippi and grew up in Cairo, Illinois. He left home at the age of nine because of an abusive father and hoboed his way to St. Louis, Missouri. He learned guitar while in his early teens from a locally renowned blues guitarist known as "Dudlow Joe".
Sara Martin (June 18, 1884 – May 24, 1955) was a blues singer, in her time one of the most popular of the classic blues singers. She was billed as "The Famous Moanin' Mama" and "The Colored Sophie Tucker". Martin made many recordings, including a few under the names Margaret Johnson and Sally Roberts.
Blues Musician Willie "The Lion" Smith
Doctor Ross (October 21, 1925 – May 28, 1993, aka Doctor Ross, the harmonica boss, was a blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and drummer, a one-man band who was born Charles Isaiah Ross, in Tunica, Mississippi. Ross played various forms of the blues that have seen him compared to John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson and is perhaps best known for the recordings he made for Sun Records in the 1950s, notably "The Boogie Disease" and "Chicago Breakdown".
Son House, a rhythm & blues legend.
BB King (1968).......baring his soul...
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker (June 27, 1927-November 27, 1999) was a Chicago and electric blues pianist and organist. He worked with many blues musicians including Ike Turner, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Lowell Fulson, Choker Campbell, Elmore James, Earl Hooker, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins and Son Seals. In addition to his virtuoso piano playing, Walker was proficient on the electric organ and bass guitar. Walker recorded a small number of solo albums.
Bill Tatnall, a black folk musician, sitting on the porch playing his guitar in Frederica, Georgia. (1935) Photo by Alan Lomax