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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 (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th ...more

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David "Honeyboy&quo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 96 (1915-2011)
David "Honeyboy" Edwards (June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from Mississippi.
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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 94
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a ...more

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#105 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Timefeaturing The Best B.B. King Albums of All Timelisted on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 84 (1917-2001)
John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he 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
Dec. at 70 (1913-1983)
McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who is often cited as the "father of modern ...more

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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 73
James William Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island ...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 (born Lee Conley Bradley, June 26, 1903 – August 14, 1958) was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s, when he played country blues to ...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 Nelson (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992), known by his stage name Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. He is ...more

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Mel Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)
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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 80 (1928-2008)
Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the ...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 (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin' Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice ...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 (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer, songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar ...more

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Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 61
John Marty Stuart (born September 30, 1958) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning, American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of ...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)
Wilbur "Kansas Joe" McCoy (May 11, 1905 – January 28, 1950) was an American Delta blues singer, musician and songwriter.
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Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
Izear Luster "Ike" Turner Jr. (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of ...more

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Mundell Lowe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 97
James Mundell Lowe (April 21, 1922 – December 2, 2017) was an American jazz guitarist who worked often in radio, television, and film, and as a session musician. He produced film and TV scores ...more
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Carl Weathersby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 66
Carl Weathersby (born Carlton Weathersby, 24 February 1953, Jackson, Mississippi) is an American electric blues vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. He has worked with Albert King and Billy ...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 (died April 28, 1934), also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta blues musician. Considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues", he created 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 (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader. He was known as "King of the Slide Guitar" and was noted for his use ...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 (March 6, 1893 or 1899 – September 14, 1981) was an American country blues guitarist and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. He was one of the first of the ...more

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#98 of 258 The Best Blues Artists of All Time #19 of 64 The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists

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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/ (March 5, 1929 – April 29, 1967) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the Chicago blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. His surname, which is ...more

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#93 of 258 The Best Blues Artists of All Time #46 of 125 The Most Famous Blues Guitarists

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Carl Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
age 66
Carl Eugene Jackson (born September 18, 1953) is an American country and bluegrass musician. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled "Spring ...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 (March 3, 1892 – November 2, 1966), better known as Mississippi John Hurt, was an American country blues singer and guitarist.Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself ...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 (November 16, 1931 – December 4, 2011) was a Chicago blues guitarist and singer, best known for his "wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences ...more

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Pinetop Perkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Mississippi
Dec. at 98 (1913-2011)
Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011) was an American blues pianist. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock-and-roll performers of his time ...more

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