Junior Wells

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Junior Wells

Wells performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1996
Background information
Birth name Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.
Born December 9, 1934(1934-12-09)
Origin Memphis, Tennessee or West Memphis, Arkansas
Died January 15, 1998(1998-01-15) (aged 63)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Chicago blues
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, harmonica
Years active 1950s – 1997
Labels States, Chief, Profile, Delmark, Vanguard, Telarc
Associated acts The Aces
Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
Buddy Guy

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]

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, Chicago.[1]

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