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Lonnie Brooks

American blues singer and guitarist

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017)[1] was an American blues singer and guitarist.

Lonnie Brooks
Birth nameLee Baker, Jr.
Born(1933-12-18)December 18, 1933
Dubuisson, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States
DiedApril 1, 2017(2017-04-01) (aged 83)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresChicago blues, electric blues
OccupationsMusician, singer
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar
Years active1953–2017
LabelsAlligator, Delmark, Evidence, Goldband, Capitol, Black & Blue, Black Top
Associated actsRonnie Baker Brooks, Wayne Baker Brooks, Eddy Clearwater


The Rolling Stone said that "His music is witty, soulful and ferociously energetic, brimming with novel harmonic turnarounds, committed vocals and simply astonishing guitar work."[2] New York Times, wrote, "He sings in a rowdy baritone, sliding and rasping in songs that celebrate lust, fulfilled and unfulfilled; his guitar solos are pointed and unhurried, with a tone that slices cleanly across the beat. Wearing a cowboy hat, he looks like the embodiment of a good-time bluesman."[3]


Brooks died in Chicago, Illinois on April 1, 2017 from a short-illness, aged 83.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jevens, Darel (April 2, 2017). "Chicago Bluesman Lonnie Brooks Dies at 83". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  2. Palmer, Robert. Rolling Stone, May 31, 1979.
  3. Pareles, Jon. New York Times, March 16, 1992.