Born: October 24, 1936 in Tchula, MS
Years Active: ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s
Chicago guitarist Jimmy Dawkins would have preferred to leave his longtime nickname “Fast Fingers” behind. It was always something of a stylistic misnomer anyway; Dawkins’ West Side-styled guitar slashed and surged, but seldom burned with incendiary speed. Dawkins’ blues were generally of the brooding, introspective variety — he didn’t engage in flashy pyrotechnics or outrageous showmanship. It took a long time for Dawkins to progress from West Side fixture to nationally known recording artist….