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The Legendary Blues Band

The Legendary Blues Band
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Chicago blues
Years active 1980–1993
Past members

The Legendary Blues Band was a Chicago blues band formed in 1980 after the breakup of Muddy Waters' band.


In June 1980, Muddy Waters' backing musicians Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums), Pinetop Perkins (piano), Louis Myers (harmonica/guitar), Calvin "Fuzz" Jones (bass guitar) and Jerry Portnoy (harmonica) quit and formed the Legendary Blues Band.[1][2] Later that year, they backed John Lee Hooker in the film The Blues Brothers. Smith was the only band member to appear in close-up.[3] The following year, Dave Myers joined the others as a guitarist and they recorded their debut album Life of Ease for Rounder Records.[1] Duke Robillard guested on their second release Red Hot 'n' Blue.

The Legendary Blues Band recorded seven albums, Life of Ease, Red Hot 'n' Blue, Woke Up with the Blues (nominated for a W. C. Handy Award), Keepin' the Blues Alive, U B Da Judge, Prime Time Blues, and Money Talks, between 1981 to 1993 and toured with Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.[3]

Later recordings included Billy Flynn, Little Smokey Smothers, Nick Moss and Madison Slim although the rhythm section of Jones and Smith remained through to their final release in 1993.[1]


  • Life of Ease (1981) – Rounder
  • Red Hot 'n' Blue (1983) – Rounder
  • Woke up with the Blues (1989) – Ichiban
  • Keepin' the Blues Alive (1990) – Ichiban
  • U B Da Judge (1991) – Ichiban
  • Prime Time Blues (1992) – Ichiban
  • Money Talks (1993) – Wild Dog Blues[4]


  1. ^ a b c Jim O'Neal. "The Legendary Blues Band | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 67.  
  3. ^ a b Hanson, Karen (2007). Today's Chicago Blues (1st ed.). Chicago: Lake Claremont Press. pp. 192–193.  
  4. ^ "The Legendary Blues Band | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
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