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Buddy Guy


Buddy Guy is a Chicago Blues legend, but his story began in Louisiana. Born in 1936 on a plantation 140 miles from New Orleans, Buddy was only seven years old when he made his first makeshift two-string guitar, attached to a piece of wood and held together with his mother’s hairpins. In 1957, he went to Chicago and took part in numerous sessions for Chess Records alongside Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Known for his incendiary guitar style, he is ranked among the top 25 players of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. He influenced a whole generation of blues-rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Buddy Guy’s history at Montreux dates back to 1974. That year he accompanied Muddy Waters alongside his loyal harmonica player Junior Wells and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Almost fifty years later, he will take part in his 13th edition of the Festival.