Otis Rush – Most Excellent Electric Blues Guitarists

Born in April 1935, blues guitarist Otis Rush is one of the most excellent electric blues guitarists the world has ever known. His style is one of a very traditional blues sound with long sustained notes and lots of string bends. Some people have likened his playing to that of B.B. King or Magic Sam. The sound he crafted soon turned into an entire style known as West Side Chicago Blues and this type of blues music had a profound impact on many of the great blues revival musicians of the 60’s including the one and only Eric Clapton. One of the most distinct things about Otis is that while he is left handed, he plays a left handed guitar strung upside down. Meaning that his low E string is actually at the bottom of the guitar. Some people claim that this is much of the reason for his very distinct sound.

Otis Rush

Top 5 Songs
Jump Sister Bessie
Three Times A Fool
It Takes Time
Double Trouble
All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
I’m Satisfied

Top 3 Albums
Cold Day In Hell
Lost in Blues
So Many Roads


Original Albums
1969 Mourning In The Morning (Cotillion)
1974 Screamin’ And Cryin’ (Black And Blue)
1975 Cold Day In Hell (Delmark)
1976 So Many Roads (Delmark)
1976 Right Place, Wrong Time (Bullfrog)
1978 Troubles Troubles (Sonet)
1989 Tops (Blind Pig)
1989 Blues Interaction -Live In Japan 1986- (P-Vine)
1991 Lost in Blues (Alligator Records ALCD4797)
1993 Live In Europe (Evidence Music ECD 26034-2)
1994 Ain’t Enough Comin’ In (This Way Up)
1998 Any Place I’m Going (House Of Blues)
2006 Live…and in Concert from San Francisco (Blues Express)
2009 Chicago Blues Festival 2001 (P-Vine)
1969 Door To Door (Chess) (coupled with Albert King)
1989 I Can’t Quit You Baby – The Cobra Sessions 1956-1958 (P-Vine)
2000 Good ‘Uns – The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958 (Westside)
2000 The Essential Otis Rush – The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958 (Fuel 2000)
2002 Blue on Blues – Buddy Guy & Otis Rush (Fuel 2000)
2005 All Your Love I Miss Loving – Live at the Wise Fools Pub, Chicago (Delmark)
2006 Live At Montreux 1986 (Eagle Rock Entertainment) (Joint performance with Eric Clapton and Luther Allison)
1956 I Can’t Quit You Baby / Sit Down Baby (Cobra 5000)
1956 My Love Will Never Die / Violent Love (Cobra 5005)
1957 Groaning The Blues / If You Were Mine (Cobra 5010)
1957 Jump Sister Bessie / Love That Woman (Cobra 5015)
1957 She’s A Good ‘Un / Three Times A Fool (Cobra 5023)
1958 Checking On My Baby / It Takes Time (Cobra 5027)
1958 Double Trouble / Keep On Loving Me Baby (Cobra 5030)
1958 All Your Love (I Miss Loving) / My Baby’s A Good Un (Cobra 5032)
1960 So Many Roads So Many Trains / I’m Satisfied (Chess 1751)
1960 You Know My Love / I Can’t Stop Baby (Chess 1775)
1962 Homework / I Have to Laugh (Duke 356)
1969 Gambler’s Blues / You’re Killing My Love (Cotillion 44032)
2003 Live Part One (Blues Express)
2006 Live At Montreux 1986 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)

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