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Buster Benton

Despite the amputation of parts of both his legs during the course of his career, Chicago guitarist Buster Benton never gave up playing his music -- an infectious hybrid of blues and soul that he dubbed at one point "disco blues" (an unfortunate appellation in retrospect, but useful in describing its danceability). In the late '70s, when blues was at low ebb, Benton's waxings for Ronn Records were a breath of fresh air.

Inspired by the music of Sam Cooke and B.B. King, the gospel-bred Benton began playing the blues during the mid-'50s while living in Toledo, Ohio. By 1959, he was leading his own band in Chicago. During the '60s, he cut a series of soul-slanted singles for local concerns (Melloway, Alteen, Sonic, Twinight) before hooking up with the great Willie Dixon in 1971.

Benton was a member of Dixon's Blues All-Stars for a while, and Dixon is credited as songwriter of Benton's best-known song, the agonized slow blues "Spider in My Stew." Its release on Stan Lewis' Shreveport-based Jewel Records gave Benton a taste of fame; its follow-up, "Money Is the Name of the Game," solidified his reputation. A 1979 LP for Jewel's Ronn subsidiary (logically titled Spider in My Stew) stands as one of the most engaging Chicago blues LPs of its era, its contemporary grooves abetting Benton's tasty guitar work and soulful vocals.

Benton cut three albums later on for Ichiban, but compared to his Ronn output, they were disappointing. On the Chicago circuit, Benton's extreme courage in the face of physical adversity will long be cited. He was on kidney dialysis for the last few years of his life as a result of diabetes, and a portion of his right leg was amputated in 1993 due to poor circulation (he had already lost part of the other a decade earlier). Still, he continued to play his brand of uplifting blues until the end. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Blues Guitar Heroes (Fuel 2000)

1. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)

2. Guitar Man

3. Knockin' At Your Door

4. Blue Guitar

5. Matchbox

6. Aw Aw Baby

7. This Is The End

8. Let's Work Together

9. Collins Shuffle

10. Gone Fishin'

11. Someday

12. Something I Can't Do

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Track List: The Jewel/Paula Soul Story

Disc 1

1. Nothing Takes The Place Of You

2. Oh My Love (Come Back To Me)

3. Guess I'll Have To Take What's Left

4. I Had My Heart Set On You

5. Why Did You Leave Me

6. Don't Pity Me

7. I'll Do It For You

8. I Can't Stand To See You Go

10. What You Gonna Do

11. Put It Where I Can Get It

12. Without A Woman

13. Congratulations Baby

14. In The Same Old Way

15. I Need Someone

17. Losers Win Sometimes

18. How Can A Broke Man Survive

Disc 2

1. Something Strange Is Goin' On In My House

2. You've Got Me Tamed

3. How Are You Fixed For Love

4. Do What You Think Is Best

5. Guilty

6. That's When I'll Stop Loving You

7. Loosen These Pains And Let Me Go

8. How Do You Spell Love

9. It's Not How Long You Make It

10. Dreaming Out Of Season

11. I Want Everybody To Know

12. It Takes Two To Do Wrong

13. (Standing In The) Safety Zone

14. Help Wanted

15. Checking Out

16. Do You Feel The Same Way

17. It's Alright

18. Sweet 94

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Track List: Willie Dixon - Boss Of The Chicago Blues

1. I Can't Quit You Baby

2. I Don't Care Who Knows

3. Hidden Charms

4. Too Many Cooks

5. Axe And The Wind

6. Just Got Some

7. Easy Baby

8. Fishin' In My Pond

9. Two-Headed Woman

10. Have A Good Time

11. Sit And Cry (The Blues)

12. My Love

13. Spider In My Stew

14. Satisfied

15. My Babe

16. All Night Long

17. She's A Sweet One

18. My Love Will Never Die (Studio Session & Alternate Take)

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Some times technical ability is great like Stevie Ray but sometimes just a good mash on the strings is what I need
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awesome blues guitar play but not as good as buddy guy
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I agree
He is awesomeness
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would you please put sweet 94 on the radio i love this song
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some proper harmonica... I got to say
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denis.che
Buster Benton is probably equal to Byther Smith in raw intensity of his blues. He could even be the most intense raw blues player I've ever heard, as evidenced on his album "Spider in my Stew". He's one of those little-known , under-apprec i a t e d artists who definitely deserve their spotlight.
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i dig gone fishin. cool tune.

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