A Look into Jimmy Dawkins Life

Jimmy Dawkins was born in 1936 and passed away in 2013. He was born in Mississippi, but moved to Chicago where he became a part of the Blues scene. He was considered to be part of the “West Side Sound,” and was both a guitarist and singer in the blues and electric blues style. His first album was released in 1969, and from there Dawkins continued to have success. Another album came out in 1971, but in between those two releases he was fortunate to tour with some great musicians.

After the success of his 1971 album, he reunited with those musicians and they toured Europe together. He also toured in Japan, and continued to record albums in Europe and the United States. He wrote for the magazine Living Blues as a regular columnist, and started his own record label in the 1980s. At that time his focus shifted from his own music to promoting the music of others. Nora Jean Wallace and Little Johnny Christian were just a couple of the artists promoted by Dawkins. He died in April of 2013, of undisclosed causes.

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