Jody Williams


American blues musician Joseph Leon Williams was born on February 3, 1935, and died on December 1, 2018.

He was better known as Jody Williams.

Williams was an American blues guitarist and singer.

Jody Williams a one-man guitar player, marked by flamboyant string-bending, imaginative chord voicings, and a distinctive tone, was influential in the Chicago blues scene of the 1950s.

During the mid-1950s, he was a very popular session guitarist in Chicago, but he was little known outside the music industry since his name rarely appeared on discs.

Jody Williams’ acclaimed comeback in 2000 led to a resurgence of interest in his early work and a reappraisal as one of the great blues guitarists.

He was known for his imaginative chord selection, characterized by raised fives, and minor sixths and minor sevenths with flattened fives.

Jody Williams mostly played with an unusual open E tuning, originally taught to him by Bo Diddley.

Williams was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.

Jody Williams passed away at 83 years old.


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