BORN: September 6, 1925, Dunleith, MS
DIED: August 29, 1976, Oakland, CA
But it was exactly that lack of in-your-face musical confrontation that made Jimmy Reed a welcome addition to everybody's record collection back in the '50s and '60s.
Jimmy’s longtime friend, Eddie Taylor,
-- even ones he had composed himself -- and Mama Reed (Jimmy’s wife Mary) would sit on a piano bench and whisper them into his ear, literally one line at a time. Blues fans who doubt this can clearly hear the proof on several of Jimmy's biggest hits, most notably "Big Boss Man" and "Bright Lights, Big City,"
Where Mama steps into the fore and starts singing along with him in order to keep him on the beat.
R.I.P. Jimmy Reed