Jimmy Reed was born Sept. 6, 1925, in Dunleith, Mississippi. He began recording in 1953 and had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s that included “Honest I Do.” He was a favorite on college and theater tours in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and a leading influence on later rock and southern-styled blues musicians. In 1991 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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