Jimmy Dawkins dies, leaves Chicago blues legacy
Jimmy Dawkins dies: A Chicago guitarist, known as Jimmy 'Fast Fingers' Dawkins, helped pioneer a percussive, aggressive West Side style, in contrast to the mellower grooves of South Side Blues.
Chicago — Chicago bluesman Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins, known for his excellent guitar playing and mellow singing voice, has died. He was 76.
Delmark Records owner Bob Koester said Dawkins died Wednesday. The cause of death wasn't immediately known.
Dawkins was born in Mississippi. An only child, Dawkins taught himself to play guitar before moving to Chicago in the 1950s.
“He had a hard, driving sound,” said Michael Frank, owner of the Earwig label, where Mr. Dawkins also recorded.
“The South Side is more harmonica, and, possibly, horn-driven,” said guitarist Billy Flynn, who started playing with Mr. Dawkins when Flynn was a starstruck 14-year-old. “West Side Blues is more guitar-driven — say, Buddy Guy vs. Sonny Boy Williamson.”
Dawkins recorded his first album on the Delmark label in 1969.