Buddy Guy, 75 Years Young

BY Mary Jo Brooks  April 6, 2012 at 4:11 PM EST

Blues legend Buddy Guy is still jamming, six decades after first picking up a guitar. When not on an international tour, he can often be found at his blues club, appropriately named Legends, in downtown Chicago. In a forthcoming memoir called “When I Left Home”, Guy talks about his childhood in rural Louisiana, his move as a young man to Chicago and the early blues scene there. He also reflects on his influence on rock ‘n’ roll stars like Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.

Jeffrey Brown’s story about Guy from Friday’s NewsHour can be found here.

After the interview, Guy couldn’t resist picking up a guitar and playing a bit for the NewsHour:


On many nights, Guy jumps on stage at Legends to tell a few stories and sing a few songs for delighted audiences, and we caught one of those moments:


Earlier this year, Guy performed with other musicians at a celebration of the blues as part of the “PBS In Performance at the White House” series. Guy coaxed President Obama to sing a bit of “Sweet Home Chicago”: