Musicians 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
Died 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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Died 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 93 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
Died at 84 (1917-2001) John Lee Hooker 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 ...more

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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died 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 72 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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 60 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
Died 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
Died 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 96 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 65 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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 65 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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

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Jimmie Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 36 (1897-1933) James Charles "Jimmie" Rodgers was an American country singer in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling. Among the first country music superstars and ...more

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Melvin Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 59 Melvin Taylor is an American electric blues guitarist, based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Papa Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 41 (1909-1950) Charles "Papa Charlie" McCoy was an African American delta blues musician and songwriter.

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Big Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 79 (1903-1982) Joseph Lee Williams, billed throughout his career as Big Joe Williams, was an American Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. ...more

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Luther Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 79 Luther Johnson is an American Chicago blues singer and guitarist, who performs under the name Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson. Johnson moved to Chicago with his family in 1955. During ...more

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Bukka White is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 68 (1909-1977) Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White was an American Delta blues guitarist and singer. "Bukka" is a phonetic spelling of White's first name.

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Guitar Slim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 33 (1926-1959) Eddie Jones, better known as Guitar Slim, was a New Orleans blues guitarist, from the 1940s and 1950s, best known for the million-selling song, produced by Johnny Vincent at Specialty Records, ...more

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Jimmy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 73 (1924-1997) Jimmy Rogers was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, best known for his work as a member of Muddy Waters' band of the 1950s. He also had solo hits on the R&B chart with ...more

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R. L. Burnside is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 79 (1926-2005) R. L. Burnside was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lived much of his life in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi. He played music for much of his life, but did not ...more

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Earl Hooker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 41 (1929-1970) Earl Hooker was an American Chicago blues guitarist, perhaps best known for his slide guitar playing. Considered a "musician's musician", Hooker performed with blues artists such as ...more

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Johnny Temple is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 62 (1906-1968) Johnny Temple was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, who was active in the 1930s and 1940s. He was variously billed as Johnny Temple, Johnnie Temple and Johnnie "Geechie"

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Bo Carter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 71 (1893-1964) Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon was an American early blues musician. He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks in concerts, and on a few of their recordings. Carter also managed that ...more

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Junior Kimbrough is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 68 (1930-1998) David "Junior" Kimbrough was an American blues musician. His best known work included "Keep Your Hands Off Her" and "All Night Long". Music journalist Tony Russell ...more

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Fenton Robinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 62 (1935-1997) Fenton Robinson was an American blues singer and exponent of the Chicago blues guitar.

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Henry Townsend is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 97 (1909-2006) Henry 'Mule' Townsend was an American blues singer, guitarist and pianist.

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Ishmon Bracey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 69 (1901-1970) Ishmon Bracey was an American blues singer and guitarist from Mississippi, considered one of the most important early delta blues performers. With Tommy Johnson, he was the center of a small ...more

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Billy Garland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 42 (1918-1960) William Jefferson "Billy" Garland, was an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Garland was famous for his falsetto singing combined with gentle guitar playing style. Much ...more

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Webb Wilder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 64 Webb Wilder, born John Webb McMurry, May 19, 1954, Hattiesburg, Mississippi is an American rock & roll singer, guitarist and actor. The Webb Wilder character was created for a short film ...more

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Jimmy Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 77 (1936-2013) James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He was generally considered a part of the "West Side Sound" of Chicago ...more

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Skip James is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 67 (1902-1969) Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. Born in Bentonia, Mississippi, United States, he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...more

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Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 60 (1896-1956) Tommy Johnson was an influential American delta blues musician, who recorded in the late 1920s, and was known for his eerie falsetto voice and intricate guitar playing.

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Harmonica Frank Floyd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 76 (1908-1984) Harmonica Frank was an American blues singer, guitarist and harmonicist.

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Son House is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Died at 86 (1902-1988) Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. was an American blues singer and guitarist, noted for his highly emotional style of singing and slide guitar playing. After years of hostility to secular ...more

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Sonny Landreth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 67 Clyde Vernon "Sonny" Landreth is an American blues musician from southwest Louisiana who is especially known as a slide guitar player. He was born in Canton, Mississippi, and settled ...more

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Clifton Hyde is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 42 Clifton Hyde is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer currently working from and residing in New York City. A member of the Blue Man Group, he has recorded and performed ...more