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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Buddy Guy
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Album: Living Proof (iTunes>)
Artist: Buddy Guy
Won for: Best Contemporary Blues Album
Previous wins: Best Contemporary Blues Album for Damn Right, I've Got The Blues in 1991; Best Contemporary Blues Album for Feels Like Rain in 1993; Best Contemporary Blues Album for Slippin' In in 1995; Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "SRV Shuffle" in 1996; Best Traditional Blues Album for Blues Singer in 2003
Did you know?: Kicking off with "74 Years Young," Living Proof is an autobiographical collection of songs based on conversations between Buddy Guy and his producer/drummer Tom Hambridge. The album features tracks co-written by Guy and Hambridge, and includes duets with fellow guitarists B.B. King ("Stay Around A Little Longer") and Carlos Santana ("Where The Blues Begins"). Released last October, Living Proof hit No. 1 on Billboard's Blues Albums chart and peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard 200. Born in Lettsworth, La., Guy moved to Chicago in the late '50s and emerged as a blues guitar hero, playing with the likes of Freddy King, Otis Rush and Muddy Waters, among others. His highest charting hit is "Stone Crazy," which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart. Guitarists including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughan have cited Guy as an influence. Guy opened his own blues club, Buddy Guy's Legends, in Chicago in 1989. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
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