Magic Slim – The Famous American Blues Singer And Guitarist…

Morris Holt, also known as “Magic Slim” is an American blues guitarist and singer. He was born on August 7, 1937, in Grenada, Mississippi. Slim used to play piano but had to give it up when he lost his right pinky, and he began playing bass with his mentor Magic Sam’s band in Chicago. Soon he formed his own band, the Teardrops, and played in popular juke joints in Chicago.

In 1966, Slim’s recording career began with the song “Scufflin”, followed by some singles. In 1977, he recorded his first album, Born Under A Bad Sign, for the French MCM label. During the 1980s, this blues guitarist won his first W. C. Handy Award, and in 2003, Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the W. C. Handy Award as ‘Blues Band of the Year’ for the 6th time.

Top 5 Songs

Going to Mississippi
I’m a Bluesman
Help Me
Crazy Woman
Shake It

Top 3 Albums

Born On a Bad Sign
Blue Magic
Living Chicago Blues


1977: Born Under a Bad Sign (MCM), reissue (Storyville)
1978: Highway is My Home (Black & Blue), reissue (Evidence)
1978: Let Me Love You (MCM)
1978: Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 2 (Alligator)
1980: Liv ‘n Blue (Candy Apple CA)
1980: In the Heart of the Blues (Isabel)
1980: Doing Fine (Isabel)
1982: Raw Magic (Alligator)
1982: Essential Boogie (Rooster Blues)
1982: Grand Slam (Rooster Blues)
1990: Gravel Road (Blind Pig)
1992: 44 Blues (Wolf Records) with John Primer and Bonnie Lee
1992: Spider in My Stew (Wolf Records) with John Primer
1992: Blues Behind Closed Doors (Wolf Records)
1993: Magic Slim & The Teardrops (Wolf Records)
1994: Chicago Blues Session, Vol. 10 (Wolf Records)
1994: Don’t Tell Me About Your Troubles (Wolf Records)
1995: Zoo Bar Collection, Vol. 3 (Wolf Records)
1995: Alone & Unplugged
1995: Born On A Bad Sign
1996: Scufflin’ (Tone Zone Studios)
1997: Let Me Love You
1998: Zoo Bar Collection, Vol. 4: Spider in My Stew
1998: See What You’re Doin’ to Me (Wolf Records)
1998: Black Tornado (Blind Pig)
2000: Snakebite (Blind Pig)
2000: Chicago Blues Session, Vol. 18 (Wolf Records)
2002: Blue Magic (Blind Pig)
2005: Anything Can Happen (Blind Pig) (live album)
2006: Tin Pan Alley (Wolf Records) (compilation album)
2006: That Ain’t Right (Delmark) originally recorded in 1977
2007: The Essential Magic Slim (Blind Pig)
2008: Midnight Blues (Blind Pig) – produced by Nick Moss
2009: Rough Dried Woman (Wolf Records) (1986-1992)
2010: Raising The Bar

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