25 Interesting Facts About Buddy Guy

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The one instrument Buddy wishes he could play is the harmonica. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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Buddy Guy on his divorce -- His wife: "You're putting too much time into that guitar and ain't givin' me none" Buddy's reply: "You go, I'm keepin' my guitar" (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Gibson)
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In 1968, Buddy Guy fractured both of his ankles by jumping off a stage in Central Park that proved to be too high. He says, "I got the Baptist-church happiness! Feel like I got to shout when I play!" (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Gibson)
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Buddy's youngster daughter Shawnna has been featured in music videos by Ludacris and Mariah Carey. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Gibson)
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Guy has practically been a part of every "tribute" to rock and roll, including the 20th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
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Buddy Guy and Junior Wells recorded and toured together off and on from 1966 to 1998. Some will refer to them as the "Original Blues Brothers." (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
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Buddy Guy is an honorary Board Member of Rock for Kids, an organization committed to bringing quality music education into low income neighborhoods. With your help, they hope to provide an alternative to gangs and drugs while strengthening social skills and building self-esteem. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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The City of Chicago celebrated Buddy Guy's 75th birthday by gifting him his own street. That's right, the city named the stretch of Wabash in front of Legends, "Buddy Guy Way." When receiving a copy of the street sign as the crowd sang "Happy Birthday", Buddy said he "wanted to cry." (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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The start of each new decade always seems to inspire him (1981's Stone Crazy, 1991's Damn Right, I Got the Blues, and 2001's Sweet Tea), and on Living Proof, such songs as "Thank Me Someday" and "Everybody's Got to Go" are strikingly personal meditations on his past, his reputation, and his humanity. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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After all of the fame and all of the awards Buddy remains humble. "I'm not a great singer, and I don't think I'm a really great guitar player," says Guy. "But those things are two halves and when you put them together, I guess they make a pretty good whole." (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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. In recognition of Buddy's 70th birthday he released a box set "Can't Quit the Blues." This is a compilation of his career and includes a DVD with him narrating his life story. The box set received rave reviews by "all about jazz." (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Some of Guy's most acclaimed solo albums have been recorded live, including "Stone Crazy!" one of his personal favorites. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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In 2003 Buddy was awarded the National Medal of Arts by George W. Bush. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Rolling Stone placed Guy at number 30 on their, Greatest Guitarists of All Time, list. He was a key influencer of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Buddy was 21 years old when he boarded a train in Louisiana to make the move to the windy city, the urban capital of the electric blues. Within months he appeared in the club scene. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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Buddy was seven when he created his first "guitar," a two-string contraption attached to wood secured by his mother's hairpins. It would be nearly a decade later until Buddy owned his first guitar, a Harmony acoustic that now sits in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Guy's big break came in 1991 with the release of Damn Right I've Got the Blues. This release won him a Grammy and five W.C. Handy awards.
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Guy's brother Phil moved to Chicago to join his big brothers band in the 70s. He eventually broke off on his own to pursue a solo-career in funk and soul during the 80s and 90s. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Buddy was signed under Chess Records for nearly ten years and only released one album, "Left My Blues in San Francisco." In the late 80s early 90s Buddy signed with Silverstone Records and his first three albums all earned Grammys! (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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On July 25, 2011 Buddy Guy threw out the first pitch for the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. "It's like a dream come true!" Guy stated, "I wished I would have been good enough to play the game and been out there for real." (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Buddy Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2005.
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Buddy received Billboard Magazines The Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the title of Greatest Living Electric Blues Guitarist.
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Buddy Guy has a long list of achievements but his music is still as vital as ever. He is currently selling out shows this January at his blues club, Legends, in Chicago.
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Buddy has won six Grammy Awards, both for his work on his electric and acoustic guitars as well as his contemporary and traditional styles of blues.
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