born on 24/10/1936 in Tchula, MS, United States
died on 10/4/2013 in Chicago, IL, United States
James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins (October 24, 1936 April 10, 2013) was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He was generally considered a part of the "West Side Sound" of Chicago blues. He was born in Tchula, Mississippi in 1936.
He moved to Chicago in 1955. He worked in a box factory, and started to play local blues clubs, gaining a reputation as a session musician.
In 1969, thanks to the efforts of his friend Magic Sam, he released his first album Fast Fingers on Delmark Records, winning the "Grand Prix du Disque" from the Hot Club de France. In 1971 Delmark released his second album All For Business with singer, Andrew "Big Voice" Odom, and the guitarist, Otis Rush. Dawkins also toured in the late 1970s backed up by James Solberg (of Luther Allison and The Nighthawks fame) on guitar and Jon Preizler (The Lamont Cranston Band, The Drifters), a Seattle based Hammond B-3 player known for his soulful jazz influenced style. Other musicians that toured with Jimmy Dawkins in the late 1970s were Jimi Schutte (drummer), Sylvester Boines (bass), Rich Kirch and Billy Flynn (guitars). With this combination of musicians Dawkins also toured Europe.
Dawkins began to tour in Europe and Japan and recorded more albums in the United States and Europe. Dawkins also contributed a column to the blues magazine Living Blues. In the 1980s he released few recordings, but began his own record label, Leric Records, and was more interested in promoting other artists, including Taildragger, Queen Sylvia Embry, Little Johnny Christian and Nora Jean Wallace.
Dawkins died of undisclosed causes on April 10, 2013.
- Fast Fingers (1969) - Delmark Records
- All for Business (1971) - Delmark Records
- Jimmy Dawkins (1971)
- Tribute to Orange (1971)
- Transatlantic 770 (1972)
- Blisterstring (1976) - Delmark Records
- Come Back Baby (1976) - Storyville Records
- Hot Wire '81 (1981)
- Jimmy and Hip: Live! (1982)
- Feel the Blues (1985)
- All Blues (1986)
- Chicago on My Mind - Living the Blues (1991) - recording in 1971 (Vogue Records)
- Kant Sheck Dees Bluze (1992) - Earwig Music Company
- Blues and Pain (1994)
- B Phur Real (1995)
- Me, My Gitar & the Blues (1997)
- Vol. 2 - I Want to Know (1999) - recording in 1975 (Storyville Records)
- Born in Poverty (1999) - recording in 1972 & 1974 (Black & Blue Records)
- American Roots: Blues (2002) - compilation 1994-1997
- West Side Guitar Hero (2002)
- Tell Me Baby (2004)
With other artists
- Blues Queen Sylvia & Jimmy Dawkins - Midnight Baby (1983)
- Jimmy Dawkins / Chicago Beau / Blue Ice Bragason - Blues from Iceland (1991)
- Sunnyland Slim & Big Voice Odom - Chicago Blues Festival 1974 with Jimmy Dawkins (2005)
- 1.0 1.1 [Jimmy Dawkins at All Music Guide Biography by Bill Dahl]. Allmusic.com. Retrieved on September 1, 2011.
- New York Magazine Oct 10, 1994
- Encyclopedia of the blues by Gérard Herzhaft, Paul Harris, Jerry Haussler, and Anton J. Mikofsky, pg 52
- 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, Dubai: Carlton Books Limited.
- Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who ... by Ted Gioia, pg 316
- Ben Connor. Jimmy 'Fast Fingers' Dawkins Dead: Blues Guitarist Dies at 76 - Spinner Canada. Spinner.ca. Retrieved on 2013-04-13.
- JazzTimes, pg 132
- Sharp, Steven, March/April 1993, 'Jimmy Dawkins: Deep Into The Feelings', Living Blues, Vol. 108