Category Archives: Blues Hall of Fame Origins



Robert_Leroy_Jonson(8 May,1911 – 16 August, 1938)

Otis Rush

OTIS RUSH (25 April, 1935)

otis rush is a Blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes. With similiar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as west side Chicago blues and became an influence on many musicians including Michael Bloomfield and Eric Clapton.
Rush is left handed and, unlike many left-handed guitarists, plays left-handed instrumentstung upside-down with the low E string at the bottom. He played often with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. Other guitarists who restrung upside down include Albert King and Dick Dale. He has a wide-ranging , powerful tenor voice.