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...The “original” Sonny Boy Williamson is not to be confused with Sonny Boy Williamson II. Though unrelated, both were blues harmonica players. But where the second Sonny Boy Williamson (born Aleck Miller) played an electrified blues harp...
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...Paul Samuel Whiteman, nicknamed “the King of Jazz” in the 1920s, was a jazz musician, composer, and band leader. Whiteman was born on March 28, 1890, in Colorado, USA. He began his career before the start of the First World War as a viola...

Bob Wills

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...Bob Wills, also known as the “King of Western Swing,” leader of “Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys,” was born James Robert Wills on March 6, 1905, in Texas, USA. At an early age, he learned the mandolin, guitar, and violin—his signature...

Kanye West

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...Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, West’s music has spanned different styles and genres. West has been responsible for cultural developments in hip-hop and pop music...
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...Despite being born blind, Stevie Wonder established himself first as a child prodigy and later as a pioneer in the R & B genre. Throughout his career, Wonder has continuously produced hits and is considered to be one of the most successful...
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...Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (most noted for playing the guitar) T-Bone Walker is said to have pioneered the jump blues and electronic blues sound. Born Aaron Thibeaux Walker on May 28, 1910, in Linden, Texas, USA, T-Bone’s...

Brian Wilson

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...Brian Douglas Wilson is a singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer, known for cofounding The Beach Boys. Wilson is also the first pop artist credited for writing, arranging, producing, and performing his own material. He is thus...

Muddy Waters

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...Muddy Waters, nicknamed “The Father of Chicago Blues,” was a major influence in contemporary blues, though his music has also inspired many rock artists. Muddy Waters was born McKinley Morganfield on April 4, 1915, in Mississippi, USA...

Tom Waits

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...Noted for his distinctive gravelly voice, Tom Waits is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Despite never having released a hit, Waits has gained a significant cult following over the course of his career. Waits also makes his own...

Fats Waller

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...Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was a jazz pianist and a popular comedic entertainer with a matching personality. Born on May 21, 1904, in Harlem, New York, Waller learned to play the piano at age six in his school orchestra. In later years, he...