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John Primer (born March 3, 1945, Camden, Mississippi) is an American blues singer and guitarist.



He began playing guitar at the club, Theresa's, in Chicago between 1974 and 1980, where he was influenced by Sammy Lawhorn who taught him to play slide guitar. He joined the Chicago Blues All-Stars of Willie Dixon in 1979, then the Muddy Waters's band until his death in 1983. Then he joined the Teardrops of Magic Slim and began a solo career on Wolf Records.

The more considered The Real Deal (1995) was where his songwriting and weighty singing plainly reflected the lessons he learned from Dixon and Slim.[1]


  • 1991 : Poor Man Blues (Wolf Records) with Magic Slim and Billy Branch
  • 1992 : Stuff You Got to Watch (Earwig Music)
  • 1992 : Blues Behind Closed Doors (Wolf Records) with Magic Slim and Billy Branch
  • 1992 : 44 Blues by Magic Slim & The Teardrops (Wolf Records) with Bonnie Lee
  • 1993 : Cold Blooded Blues Man (Wolf Records)
  • 1994 : Easy Baby (Wolf Records) with the Teardrops
  • 1995 : The Real Deal (Warner) with Billy Branch
  • 1997 : Keep on Lovin' the Blues (Warner) with Matthew Skoller
  • 1998 : It's a Blues Life (Wolf Records)
  • 2000 : Knocking at Your Door (Telarc) with Larry McCray and Matthew Skoller
  • 2003 : Blue Steel (cover album of Elmore James songs)
  • 2009 : All originals


  • 2005 : Live at B.L.U.E.S (Chicago)


  1. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. p. 157. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.  

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