Blues music has had its individualist performers with
powerful, poetic feeling, tremendous instrumental virtuosity,
or a unique sound. But if the tradition ever had its
Everyman, it would be Jimmy Reed, the most popular
Chicago blues performer of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Jimmy Reed had a guitar technique that rarely varied, and
his vocals were relaxed to the point where hearers couldn't
always understand the words he sang. Yet Reed found a
groove and stuck to it, creating a sound that any blues fan
could identify after hearing only a few seconds of his music.
That sound, moreover, influenced nearly every rock music
ensemble that had a blues element in its style