Junior Wells (Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.'; December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., 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.
|Birth name||Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.|
|Born||December 9, 1934|
|Origin||Memphis, Tennessee or West Memphis, Arkansas|
|Died||January 15, 1998 (aged 63)|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Years active||1950s – 1997|
|Labels||States, Chief, Profile, Delmark, Vanguard, Telarc|
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.
- Centerstage Chicago Obituary Archived 2004-12-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Junior Wells at Find a Grave
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