Elmore James

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 of loud amplification and his stirring voice.  (More from Wikipedia)

As with many of the British Invasion bands, the Yardbirds initially played American R&B and blues songs rather than their own compositions.  As reported in Wikipedia, during their days at the Crawdaddy Club:  “They drew their repertoire from the Chicago blues of Howlin’ WolfMuddy WatersBo DiddleySonny Boy Williamson II, and Elmore James, including ‘Smokestack Lightning’, ‘Good Morning Little School Girl’, ‘Boom Boom’, ‘I Wish You Would’, ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’, and ‘I’m a Man’.”  In fact, Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in March 1965 as a protest when the band finally got a hit single with a song that did not come from this milieu, “For Your Love” (written by Graham Gouldman, later a member of 10cc). 


(May 2014)


Last edited: March 22, 2021