Blues guitarist Mighty Joe Young had an identifiable soul
drenched edge to his blues, which served him well as a
premier back up guitarist, session man, and band leader in
Chicago's North Side.
Born in 1927 near Shreveport, Louisiana, Young began
playing in the early 1950s, working clubs in Milwaukee and
then back in his native Louisiana where in 1955 he first
recorded for the Jiffy label. He was already well known for
his work with the harmonica-player Billy Boy Arnold, the
guitarist Jimmy Rogers, and his brilliant contemporary Otis
Rush, when in 1961 a manager added the "Mighty"
sobriquet to his name for his solo albums for the little Fire
Young is notable in blues history for breaking out of the
South Side Chicago ghetto and playing to largely white
audiences on the North Side, becoming a regular on the US
and European festival and university circuits and at Chicago