Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Blues Guitarist Phil Guy, Buddy's Brother, Dead At 68

Blues guitarist Phil Guy passed away August 20th at the age of 68.

He was the brother of legendary bluesman Buddy Guy and an acclaimed performer in his own right.

Guy died Wednesday morning at Saint James Hospital in Chicago Heights of complications from prostate cancer. He played backup for his brother Buddy and also fronted his own band, Phil Guy and the Chicago Machine.

Born on April 28, 1940, Phil Guy was the fifth child and third son of his sharecropping parents, Sam and Isabell Guy. Phil, the younger brother of Buddy Guy, learned to play guitar as a child. He followed in Buddy's footsteps, playing after him with local artists Big Poppa and Raful Neal. He recorded as accompanist for his brother in 1957, for Neal around 1958, and for Slim Harpo (James Moore) in the mid-60s. He joined his brother's band in Chicago in 1969, and was based there ever since. He worked and recorded with many of the city's leading artists, such as his brother, Junior Wells, Byther Smith, and Jimmy Dawkins. Guy spent most of the 80s consolidating his own musical career, showing himself to be a tough electric Chicago bluesman, with a raw guitar style influenced by artists including Guitar Slim.

Buddy Guy has been on tour in support of his brand new release, 'Skin Deep'. He is flying home tonight to be with family members.

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