Elmore James Biography

Guitarist (1918–1963)
Guitarist Elmore James was a mainstay of Chicago blues in the 1950s, with hits like "Dust My Broom" and "It Hurts Me Too."


Born into a sharecropping family, Elmore James toured the Mississippi Delta with Robert Johnson in the late 1930s. He then performed with the second Sonny Boy Williamson before becoming a mainstay of Chicago blues in the 1950s. He recorded hits “Dust My Broom" (1952), “The Sky Is Crying” (1959), and “It Hurts Me Too” (1965). James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

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