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Bobby Rush biography

Born: November 10, 1940, Homer, Louisiana

Bobby Rush began performing in Chicago as a teenager, and performed with blues greats Freddie King and Luther Allison. He saw some recording success during the 1970s, making the R&B charts with his hit “Chicken Heads,” which is still one of his standards, and became a very popular performer and prolific recording artist after he moved to Mississippi in the early eighties. Rush is known for his high-energy performances, featuring lighthearted, funky, and often very suggestive blues, R&B, and soul. He has received several nominations for the prestigious W.C. Handy awards as well as other blues, R&B and soul awards.

Essential listening: “A Man Can Give It (But He Can’t Take It),” “Chicken Heads,” “Mama Talk To Your Daughter,” “Sue,” “What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander”