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Famous Guitarists from Mississippi

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Mississippi, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Mississippi are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous Mississippi guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

List items include Elvis Presley, B.B. King and many more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Mississippi?" and "Who are famous Mississippi guitarists?"
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more
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David
Dec. at 96 (1915-2011)
David "Honeyboy" Edwards was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South.
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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 94
B.B. King is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ...more
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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 84 (1917-2001)
This person was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born in Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper, and rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation ...more
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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 70 (1913-1983)
McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall ...more
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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 73
James William "Jimmy" Buffett is an American singer–songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" ...more
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Big Bill Broonzy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 65 (1893-1958)
Big Bill Broonzy was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. Through the ...more
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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 69 (1923-1992)
Albert King was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing. King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May
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Mel Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)
Mel Brown was an American-born blues guitarist. Brown was nominated for a Juno Award in both 2001 and 2002. Brown, a long-time smoker, died aged 69, on March 20, 2009, in Kitchener, Ontario, of ...more
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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 80 (1928-2008)
Ellas Otha Bates, known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago Blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and music producer. He was also known as The Originator because of ...more
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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 66 (1910-1976)
Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin' Wolf, was an African American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, from Mississippi. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, ...more
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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 27 (1911-1938)
Robert Leroy Johnson was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has ...more
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Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 61
John Martin "Marty" Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country ...more
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Kansas Joe McCoy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 45 (1905-1950)
Joe McCoy is a music composer and actor.
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Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is most popularly known for his ...more
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Mundell Lowe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 97
Mundell Lowe is an American jazz guitarist, composer, and conductor who has performed with many notable jazz and popular musicians. He produced film and TV scores in the 1970s, such as the Billy ...more
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Carl Weathersby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 66
Carl Weathersby is an American electric blues vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Weathersby has worked most notably with Albert King and Billy Branch, and is now a solo artist. Weathersby was ...more
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Charlie Patton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 43 (1891-1934)
Charley Patton, also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta blues musician. He is considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues", and is credited with creating an ...more
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Elmore James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 45 (1918-1963)
Elmore James was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader. He was known as King of the Slide Guitar, but he was also noted for his use of loud amplification and his ...more
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Furry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 88 (1893-1981)
Walter E. "Furry" Lewis was an American country blues guitarist and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. Lewis was one of the first of the old-time blues musicians of the 1920s to be ...more
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J.B. Lenoir is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 38 (1929-1967)
J. B. Lenoir /ləˈnɔːr/ was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s and 1960s Chicago blues scene. Although his name is sometimes pronounced as French "L'n ...more
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Carl Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 66
Carl Eugene Jackson is an American country and bluegrass musician. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled "Spring Training." In 2003 ...more
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Mississippi John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 74 (1892-1966)
John Smith Hurt, better known as Mississippi John Hurt was an American country blues singer and guitarist. Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age ...more
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Hubert Sumlin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 80 (1931-2011)
Hubert Charles Sumlin was a Chicago blues guitarist and singer, best known for his "wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and daring rhythmic suspensions" ...more
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Pinetop Perkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 98 (1913-2011)
Joseph William Perkins, known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American blues pianist. Perkins played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American ...more