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Blues-Rock Guitarist Elvin Bishop

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Elvin Bishop
  • Founder
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Founding Member
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Founder
    Butterfield Blues Band
  • Founding Member
    Butterfield Blues Band

Education

  • Will Rogers High School
  • Physics
    University of Chicago
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Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Elvin Bishop
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Blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop - Photo courtesy Delta Groove Records Blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop. Photo courtesy Delta Groove Records
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When one thinks of blues guitarists, Elvin Bishop's name is seldom brought up in conversation. Although beloved as an elder statesman of the blues, his musical contributions to the music have often been overshadowed by some of the stellar talents that he's kept company with through the years. Perhaps if Bishop's vocals had been as solid as his fretwork, he'd be considered in a different light, but there's no denying his importance and influence on the evolution and popularization of blues and blues-rock music.
50,000 Watts of R&B
Born in California in 1942, Elvin Bishop spent his early years on a farm in rural Iowa that was lacking in such modern niceties as electricity and running water. At the age of 10, he moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Bishop later attended Will Rogers High School. Growing up in this strictly segregated community, Bishop had little exposure to African-American music and culture until he tuned in WLAC from Nashville on his radio one night.
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Bishop won a National Merit Scholarship in 1959 and chose to attend the University of Chicago, ostensibly to study physics.
In reality, the young guitarist chose the Windy City so that he could continue his education in blues and R&B music. Arriving in Chicago in 1960, he discovered a vital music scene where, as Bishop describes in his official biography, "any night of the week you could hear Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Bobby King, Eddie King, Little Smokey, Big Smokey, and a whole ton of people you never heard of."
Bishop dropped out of college after a couple of weeks to play music, meeting up with Howlin' Wolf guitarist Smokey Smothers, who taught Bishop the rudiments of blues guitar.
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In 1963, Butterfield and Bishop were offered a gig as the house band at the North Side club Big John's.
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Bishop would provide an essential element to the Butterfield Blues Band's sound, performing with the band for five years, appearing on their first four recordings, and performing at notable events like the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 and the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. While Bishop was somewhat overshadowed by fellow guitarist Bloomfield's rising star before he left to form Electric Flag, Bishop would move into the guitar spotlight for The Resurrection of Pigboy Crenshaw as Butterfield took the band into a more R&B influenced direction with the addition of a new rhythm section.
Fooled Around...
Bishop decided to break with the Butterfield Blues Band and Chicago when he moved to San Francisco in 1968 to launch a solo career. Forming the Elvin Bishop Group, the new band quickly scored a deal with Epic Records that would result in a handful of album releases during the early 1970s. Bishop and his band was a fixture of the Fillmore West club in San Francisco, performing on bills with artists like B.B. King, the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, among many others.
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During this period, Bishop also recorded with talents like John Lee Hooker, Clifton Chenier, and Bo Diddley.
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With his career failing to get any traction with Epic, Bishop signed with the Georgia-based independent label Capricorn Records in 1974. Although Bishop's Oklahoma-bred roots-rock twang would seem to distance him from the "Southern rock" label, his association with the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band would place his Capricorn releases in the same category as those artists. Bishop scored a minor hit with the song "Travelin' Shoes," from his 1974 album Let It Flow, but the release of Struttin' My Stuff the following year would yield his signature hit, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love."
Back To The Blues
Bishop released the rushed, mediocre Hometown Boy Makes Good! in 1976. A raucous live album, Raisin' Hell would follow in 1977, and Bishop would end his tenure with Capricorn with a decent studio effort that would be underpromoted and overlooked. Bishop would spend much of the 1980s touring and performing without venturing into a recording studio.
Bishop resurfaced in 1988, signing with Alligator Records, performing an invigorating hybrid of roots-rock, blues, and country music that played to the guitarist's strengths. Alligator released Big Fun in 1988, and Bishop would deliver three more studio albums for the label, culminating in 2000's acclaimed That's My Partner!, a live album capturing red-hot performances by Bishop and his mentor, Smokey Smothers, in Chicago.
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Bishop returned to the studio for 2008's The Blues Rolls On, the guitarist calling on five decades in the business to enlist friends like B.B. King, Warren Haynes, and George Thorogood to play on the album.
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Now in his late 60s, Bishop continues to tour sporadically, mostly performing at blues festivals, still thrilling audiences with his underrated slide-guitar gymnastics.
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Elvin Bishop - 'The Blues Rolls On'
Blues Underground Network (Featuring Elvin Bishop)
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Elvin Bishop "Red Dog Speaks" Blues Underground Network (Featuring Elvin Bishop)
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Elvin Bishop "Red Dog Speaks"
With "Red Dog Speaks", Elvin Bishop shows us that not only has he not lost any of the magic, over the years, but that he also may actually be getting even better...
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I think Elvin and his guitar share a lot of similarities and if he could be reincarnated as Red Dog I think that he would be a very happy man.
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On the song Elvin talks lovingly about his guitar as if it was his child or best friend- probably both of which are true in his mind. And the fact that no matter where he went or what he did he always had 'Red Dog' at his side and still does today.
For me the title track, "Red Dog Speaks" alone makes this release worth buying but there's so much more great music also found on it including, "Neighbor Neighbor", an up tempo track about a nosey neighbor, "Fat & Sassy", that offers up some nice horn work. Want some boogie in your music then get shaking to the instrumental track, "Barbecue Boogie".
The track, "Blues Cruise", brings one of my favorite styles of music to the party, Zydeco with special guest, Buckwheat Zydeco's lively accordion playing. Also joining Elvin on the song are guitarist, Tommy Castro and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
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Guitar master Elvin Bishop's new album 'Red Dog Speaks, ' celebrating his slide work, is out June 15 on Delta Groove Music. 'Red Dog Speaks' follows 2008's 'The Blues Rolls On, ' which earned him a GRAMMY nomination and four 2009 Blues Music Award nominations. 'Red Dog Speaks' features five new Bishop originals plus songs by Jimmy Cliff, Otis Spann, Leroy Carr, and others.
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The album proves full of hooks and humor as well, such as on Bishop's "Fat And Sassy.
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Bishop is a slide guitar great with 45-years of blues under his belt. Rolling Stone has praised his "careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit. He is a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and recorded three groundbreaking albums with the group. After launching a solo career, Bishop's 1976 single "Fooled Around and Fell In Love, " still in heavy rotation on classic rock radio, reached number three on Billboard's Pop Singles chart, pushing the album 'Struttin' My Stuff' to number 18 on the Pop Albums chart. He has performed on recordings by John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, and The Allman Brothers Band, among many others. On stage, he's wielded his guitar to accompany the likes of John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Albert Collins, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and many others. Blues Revue has called Bishop "head and shoulders - and slide guitar - above the rest."
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About Elvin Bishop
Remembered by many these days as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop has also tasted pop success with his 1976 smash hit "Fooled Around and Fell In Love. Bishop's long and varied career has included other musical stops along the way as well, from deep down gutbucket blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to rollicking good time rock & roll. And at every stage along the way, he's imbued all of his music with deep passion, a uniquely creative spirit, and more than a little bit of sly humor.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Elvin Bishop didn't have much exposure to live music as a youngster. ut his family had a radio, and in between the pop schmaltz and the C&W that ruled the airwaves in the 1950s, that radio could sometimes catch the legendary R&B programming beamed throughout the southern part of the U.S. at night by Nashville radio station WLAC. That station introduced Bishop to the classic records of Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, and once his ears had been hooked, there was no turning back for young Elvin. That station introduced Bishop to the classic records of Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, and once his ears had been hooked, there was no turning back for young Elvin.
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Elvin soaked it all up, gaining impromptu lessons and invaluable stage time in front of discerning audiences, and forging a fluid yet powerful guitar style of his own.
By 1963, Bishop and Butterfield were ready to graduate - not necessarily from the university, but certainly from their apprenticeship under Chicago's blues elders.
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Bishop remained in the fold for three albums with the Butterfield band, including their innovative "East-West" release (on which Bishop and Bloomfield's intertwining guitars helped set the stage for the Allman Brothers Band among many others who followed), before venturing out on his own. Elvin released four well-received albums on Epic Records in the early '70s, before joining Capricorn Records for a couple of LPs and experiencing his biggest pop success, the national hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" from his 1976 LP "Struttin' My Stuff".
As popular musical trends evolved, the recording projects tapered off, but road work kept Elvin busy through the '80s, and by the time he hooked up with Alligator in 1988, he was returning to his bluesy roots. And that fertile territory has been his focus ever since.
Delta Groove Productions president Randy Chortkoff has been a fan and follower of Elvin's music through all the many phases of his career, beginning with Butterfield Blues Band in the mid 1960s, so when the opportunity arose to bring Elvin into the Delta Groove fold, Chortkoff jumped at the opportunity.
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Right out of the gate, Bishop leaves no doubt where his heart is, cleverly introducing his long-time cohort - a 1959 Gibson ES-345 that lovingly answers to the name of "Red Dog", with a gritty slow blues calculated to set the pace for what's to come. Along the way he smoothly steers the way from strutting blues and R&B, to a good dose of good-time rock & roll, and even an occasional detour through doo-wop, zydeco and gospel. Elvin has made plenty of talented friends over the years, and many of them jumped at the chance to help out including John Nemeth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Roy Gaines, Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Kid Andersen who all make guest appearances.
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Elvin Bishop sits in with John Nemeth and his band to celebrate the release of Mr. Nemeth's new album Love Me Tonight.
About | Elvin Bishop
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Elvin Bishop has been travelling the Blues road longer than most, and he's got the stories to prove it - many of which are contained within the songs on this release.
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Elvin was born in Glendale, California, and grew up on a farm near Elliott, Iowa. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was ten years old. His earliest exposure to music came from the family's radio, where in between "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window" and "Your Cheatin' Heart," young Elvin could sometimes catch classic records of Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.
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Elvin Bishop By 1963, Bishop and Butterfield were ready to graduate - not from the university, but from their apprenticeship under Chicago's Blues veterans.
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Bishop remained in the fold for three albums with the Butterfield band, including their innovative "East-West" release (on which Bishop and Bloomfield's intertwining guitars helped set the stage for the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, among many others who followed), before getting the itch to move on and venturing out on his own. Elvin released several well-received albums in the early '70s, before experiencing his biggest Pop success, the gold-record earning national hit "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" from his 1976 LP "Struttin' My Stuff."
Road work kept Elvin busy through the '80s, and as time went by his journey led him back to the Blues that were at the root of all his musical endeavors. And that fertile territory has been his focus ever since.
Delta Groove Productions president Randy Chortkoff has been a fan and follower of Elvin's music through all the many phases of his career, beginning with Butterfield Blues Band in the mid 1960s, and when the opportunity arose to bring Elvin into the Delta Groove fold, Chortkoff jumped at the opportunity.
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Elvin Bishop
Right out of the gate, on "Red Dog Speaks", Bishop leaves no doubt where his heart is, cleverly introducing his long-time cohort "Red Dog" with a gritty slow blues calculated to set the pace for what's to come. Along the way he smoothly steers the way from strutting Blues and R&B , through a good dose of good-time Rock & Roll, and even an occasional detour through Doo-Wop, Zydeco, and Gospel. Elvin has made plenty of talented friends over the years, and many of them jumped at the chance to help out on "Red Dog Speaks"; Buckwheat Zydeco, Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and John Németh all make guest appearances.
Elvin Bishop Band Bio Song Lyrics Watch Elvin Bishop Videos Artist Biography Elvin Bishop Video
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Elvin Bishop Artist Bio and Lyrics
The 70's American rock and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop was born on the 21st of October 1942 in the town of Glendale, California. He grew up on a farm in Iowa that had no running water or electricity. At the age of 10, Elvin Bishop and his family relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma. After winning a scholarship to the University of Chicago to study physics, he relocated to Illinois in the year 1960. Three years later, he would join Paul Butterfield's band, with whom he would play for the next nine years. The title of the third album of the Butterfield Blues Band, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw, is inspired by Elvin Bishop's nickname.
Elvin Bishop Top 70's Hits and Lyrics From Project 70's
Elvin Bishop Lyrics Fooled Around And Fell In Love
Elvin Bishop decided to go solo in the year 1968, eventually forming the Elvin Bishop Group. Throughout the course of the next 35 years, Elvin Bishop would prove himself to be a prolific songwriter and recording artist, releasing numerous albums and touring prolifically. He is perhaps best known for his 1976 single "Fooled Around and Fell In Love."
Elvin Bishop was signed to Alligator Records in the year 1988. His album Big Fun was released and spurned a massive tour. Three years later, he released what many would consider to be one of his best albums in years, Don't Let the Bossman Get You Down.
In 2001, Elvin Bishop's daughter Selina was killed in an elaborate extortion attempt. Four years later, Elvin Bishop released his first album in over half a decade, Getting' My Groove Back.
SFBF: 2008 Performers
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Elvin Bishop made blues history as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, one of the most dynamic blues ensembles to ever come out of Chicago.
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Bishop seriously took up guitar upon meeting Howlin' Wolf's guitarist, Little Smokey Smothers, who taught him the dynamics of Chicago blues guitar. Elvin often sat in with Hound Dog Taylor in the small, rough joints on the Southside, or with Jr. Wells and J.T. Brown; but it was at Big John's on Wells in 1963 that the seeds of the Butterfield era were planted.
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Moving to the Bay Area in the late '60s, Bishop became a regular feature at the Fillmore and frequently jammed with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and B.B. King.
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The song reached # 3 on the charts and made Elvin a star.
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After his stint at Capricorn, Bishop recorded four albums for Epic. In 1988 he signed with Alligator Records and has released five albums for the Chicago-based blues label. He has also recorded two CDs for Blind Pig Records, "Gettin' My Groove Back" and the live "Booty Bumpin'".
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*Elvin Bishop "Stealin' Watermelons" from the album "Booty Bumpin'"
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