George “Buddy” Guy, one of the most dazzling performers in blues history, was born here in Lettsworth on July 30, 1936. His primary influences included local Louisiana musicians and many more who were born across the river in Mississippi, including B.B. King, Guitar Slim, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Guy’s connections with Mississippi blues remained vibrant throughout a monumental career as a recipient of multiple GRAMMY® and Blues Music Awards and inductee into the Blues and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
Buddy Guy, like his idol B.B. King, rose to the top of the blues world from humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son. The Guy family lived in a house that stood about 250 feet south-southeast of this site on the Feduccia family’s Three Rivers Landing plantation. His father Sam Guy bought Buddy his first guitar from another fieldhand, Henry “Coot” Smith, who showed Buddy how to play John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen,” which was already the favorite record in the Guy household. Further inspired locally by Lightnin’ Slim, Buddy began playing in Baton Rouge with “Big
On September 25, 1957, Guy, who had been working as a utility man at LSU, left home for Chicago in hopes of finding a better job and pursuing his music. He found the Windy City blues scene dominated by transplanted Southerners, more from Mississippi than any other state. Mississippians Otis Rush and Muddy Waters were among the first to befriend and encourage him, and Willie Dixon supervised most of his early recording sessions for the Artistic and Chess labels. Guy’s incendiary act electrified audiences in Chicago and on tour, but he also proved himself a versatile and sympathetic accompanist, recording behind Muddy and other Mississippi-born bluesmen, including Eddie Boyd, Honeyboy Edwards, John Lee Hooker, Walter Horton, Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Jesse Fortune and Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2 in the 1960s.
Among Guy’s classic early records were one single, “Stone Crazy,” that briefly hit the Billboard magazine charts
Buddy Guy’s time came in 1991 with the breakthrough of Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, the first of his many albums to reach the Billboard charts. His CDs Sweet Tea, his first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard blues charts in 2001, and Blues Singer, both laced with Guy’s renditions of Mississippi blues, were recorded in Oxford, Mississippi. The cover of The Blues Is Alive and Well, another No. 1 blues CD in 2018, pictured Guy back in Lettsworth, a testament to a legendary bluesman who never forgot his roots and the people who nurtured his extraordinary talent.
Erected 2018 by Mississippi Blues Trail. (Marker Number 201.)
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Location. 31° 0.603′ N, 91° 44.172′ W. Marker is in Lettsworth, Louisiana, in Pointe Coupee Parish. Marker is on Highway 418 near Sharkies Place, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lettsworth LA 70753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White Hall Plantation House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old River (approx. 3.6 miles away); Three Rivers Confluence (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sarto Old Iron Bridge (approx. 5½ miles away); A Historic Landmark (approx. 5½ miles away); What is the Sarto Bridge? (approx. 5½ miles away); Bayou Des Glaises (approx. 5½ miles away); Big Bend: Development of a Community (approx. 5½ miles away).
More about this marker. One of a number of Mississippi Blues Trail markers outside the State of Mississippi.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 147 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2018.