R.I.P. Jimmy Dawkins

Author: Tom Marker

Another Chicago Bluesman died this week of as yet undisclosed causes at the age of 76. Delmark Records artist Jimmy Dawkins had the nickname Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, and though that is a name that was inappropriate to his guitar playing style (and a name he didn’t like), it was a name that stuck. Jimmy’s style is described here in his own words, “I’m just playin’ what I feel and I feel the peoples and I’m happy with them and I love the music and I’m just doin’ it. But I’m doin’ it from the heart, just as I feel. No clownin’. I don’t believe in that.”

Jimmy moved up to Chicago from Mississippi at the age of 19 in 1955. He became a part of the so called West Side blues scene in Chicago, playing with and befriending Magic Sam, Luther Allison, Otis Rush and Billy Boy Arnold, among many others. He recorded for Chicago’s Earwig Records as well as Delmark in a career that began with his debut release in 1969 and included over 20 releases all together.

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