Junior Wells (December 9, 1932 – January 15, 1998)
As much respect and esteem I hold for Blues guitar masters such as Buddy Guy, aka "Friendly Chap", the Blues just don't seem to be complete without the harp! And few did THAT better than Mr. Junior Wells!
Amazing performance by Junior Wells at American Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966 (sorry, I'm not sure who is on guitar)
The Hoodoo Man (Jr Wells) and Friendly Chap (Buddy Guy) crossed the pond to join their English Bretheren in the Blues in the persons of John Mayall, John McVie, Mick Taylor, etc., in a tribute to his mentor, Sonny Boy Williamson, "Don't Start Me Talkin'"
Junior Wells - Help Me (1978) Another tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson
Montreux. Buddy Guy - guitar; Jimmy Johnson - guitar; Dave Myers - bass; Odie Payne - drums
Junior Wells - Trouble No More - Lonesome Pine 1987 with Doug McDonald on guitar
Junior Wells performing Cryin' Shame, with Buddy Guy, guitar, and David Myers, bass, from the movie Chicago Blues, in 1970.
Jr Wells ~ Blues At Theresa's
Junior Wells performing at Theresa's Lounge in Chicago in the mid 1970s. Buddy Guy and Phil Guy are on guitars. A real Blues gem.
* I'd like to thank James B for drawing my attention to a glaring omission to this collection, corrected here by an 1978 recording of Buddy Guy and Jimmie Johnson, guitar; Dave Myers - bass; Odie Payne - drums joining Junior in a performance of "MESSIN' WITH THE KID" ***Note ~ For some unfathomable reason, the cameraman remained focused upon Jimmie Johnson all during Buddy Guy's scathing guitar solo, save for a all-too-brief momentary close-up.
OH HELL! Might as well have a couple more!
Junior with massive band - featuring Carl Snyder - keys; Dan Fields - tpt; Johnny Cotton - Tbn; John Powell - sax; Doug McDonald - gtr; Steve Ditzell - gtr; Noel Neal - bass; Marty Binder - drums ~ Lonesome Pine Special TV show in 1987