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Junior Wells

American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist

Junior Wells (Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.'; December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.,[1] was an American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist. Wells was best known for his performances and recordings with Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker and Buddy Guy. He also performed with Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, and Van Morrison.[1]

Junior Wells
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Wells performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1996
Background information
Birth nameAmos Wells Blakemore Jr.
Born(1934-12-09)December 9, 1934
OriginMemphis, Tennessee or West Memphis, Arkansas
DiedJanuary 15, 1998(1998-01-15) (aged 63)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresChicago blues
OccupationsMusician, Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, harmonica
Years active1950s – 1997
LabelsStates, Chief, Profile, Delmark, Vanguard, Telarc
Associated actsThe Aces
Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
Buddy Guy

Wells was born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr. on December 9, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was raised in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Wells continued performing until he was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 1997. That fall, he suffered a heart attack while undergoing treatment, sending him into a coma.

Wells died in Chicago, Illinois from lymphoma on January 15, 1998, and was interred in the Oak Woods Cemetery, Greater Grand Crossing, Chicago.[1]

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