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Fred Below and a young Otis Rush.

Drummer Fred Below, with a young Otis Rush. The guitar Otis is holding is a 1959 Gibson Melody Maker, so the photo was taken after that. They were both working at Chess records in Chicago when this was taken.

Otis Rush, West Side Chicago blues legend.

Otis Rush Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, he is a current blues musician, singer and guitarist.

The immortal Alberta Hunter. Lied about her age to start singing in clubs as a teenager (older) lied about her age to become a nurse when her stardom faded (younger and invented a high school diploma.) Forced to retire from nursing when she reached "retirement age" (she was actually over 80) she returned to singing and again recorded, toured Europe, and did weekly sold-out gigs at the Greenwich Village club "The Cookery."

Alberta Hunter blues singer she sang at the Cookery (down the block from ma's on street) till she was very old.

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Blues musician B. King performs on the radio station WDIA in 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee.