Joshua Daniel White (February 11, 1914 – September 6, 1969), better known as Josh White, was a blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, and civil rights activist. He also recorded under the names "Pinewood Tom" and "Tippy Barton" in the 1930s. White grew up in the Jim Crow South. During the 1920s and 1930s, he became a prominent race records artist, with a prolific output of recordings in genres including Piedmont blues, country blues, gospel, and social protest songs.
David Johnson "The "Great Migration" from the South to the '"The Promise Land" of Chicago brought more African Americans here from Mississippi than any other state...With the migrants came the Delta blues that was the foundation of the classic postwar Chicago blues style." -Mississippi Blues Commission
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (January 19, 1936-September 16, 2011) was a Grammy Award-winning electric blues vocalist, harmonica player, and multi-award winning drummer. He was best known for several stints with the Muddy Waters band beginning in the early 1960s. His harp playing can be heard on Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy."