Eddie "Guitar" Burns

Born: 
02/08/1928
City: 
Belzoni
Region: 
Mississippi
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1948-present
Instruments: 
Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Associated Artists: 

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Detroit boasted a vibrant blues scene during the postwar era, headed by John Lee Hooker and prominently featuring Eddie Burns, who hit the Motor City in 1948 and musically flourished there. While still in Mississippi, Burns picked up his early blues training from the 78s of Sonny Boy Williamson, Tommy McClennan, and Big Bill Broonzy. When he hit Detroit, Burns was exclusively a harp player. He cut "Notoriety Woman," his first single for Holiday in 1948, with partner John T. Smith on guitar. Burns added guitar to his personal arsenal the next year, cutting sessions with Hooker. Burns' own discography was slim but select — he cut singles for DeLuxe in 1952 ("Hello Miss Jessie Lee"), Checker in 1954 ("Biscuit Baking Mama"), JVB, and Chess in 1957 ("Treat Me Like I Treat You"). In 1961, Burns waxed the slashing "Orange Driver" and several more R&B-slanted sides for Harvey Fuqua's Harvey Records.

Later, Burns made a fine album for Blue Suit Records, Detroit, that showed his versatility on two instruments to good advantage. Incidentally, blues talent runs in the Burns family: brother Jimmy is a blues-soul performer based in Chicago, with his own impressive discography stretching back to the '60s.

[Dahl, Bill. allmusic.com. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:dvftxql5ld6e]

Discography

Released: 1966
Released: 1971
Released: 1977
Released: 1987

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 05/05/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 05/06/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Blues at Belle Isle 07/15/1973 Belle Isle Band Shell Detroit Michigan USA
Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival (Afternoon) 09/08/1973 Otis Spann Memorial Field Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 04/18/1975 Earth Center Hamtramck Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 06/01/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 06/08/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 06/15/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 06/22/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 07/06/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 09/14/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Detroit Blues Festival 09/19/1980 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Blues Festival 09/20/1980 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 09/21/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Detroit Blues Festival 09/21/1980 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 09/28/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 10/24/1980 Alvin's Detroit Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 10/25/1980 Alvin's Detroit Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 12/05/1980 Blue Parrot Southfield Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 12/06/1980 Blue Parrot Southfield Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 12/19/1980 Blue Parrot Southfield Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 12/20/1980 Blue Parrot Southfield Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 12/21/1980 Delta Lady Ferndale Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 12/26/1980 Blue Parrot Southfield Michigan USA
Eddie "Guitar" Burns 12/27/1980 Blue Parrot Southfield Michigan USA

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