Guitar Slim was born Eddie Jones in Greenwood, Mississippi on December 10, 1926. Jones started working club dates in the New Orleans area in the late 1940's. He recorded for the Imperial label in New Orleans in 1951, JB label in Nashville in 1952, and the Specialty label from 1953 to 1956 in New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Jones toured with the Lloyd Lambert band mainly in the South and Southwest from 1953 to 1959. He recorded for the Atco label from 1956 to 1958 in New York City. The flamboyant Eddie Jones died of pneumonia on February 7, 1959 after years of heavy drinking at the age of 32. He is buried in Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
Despite a short eight year recording career, Guitar Slim had tremendous influence in the world of blues. He had a huge hit in 1954 with the now classic The Things I Used To Do, on which Ray Charles played piano and did the arrangement. Artists like Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Frank Zappa, Ray Charles, Chick Willis, Lonnie Brooks, and Jimmy Dawkins have acknowledged the influence of Guitar Slim.
"Guitar Slim was not only a great blues performer, but one of the most original and impassioned lyricists ever to work in the blues form."
--Barret Hansen, Specialty album SPS 2120
Some of Guitar Slim's songs include: The Things I Used To Do, Well I Done Got Over It, Something To Remember You By, Sufferin' Mind, and The Story of My Life.