Born Rufus Samuel Favers, actor, writer, and bluesman SAMMY BLUE passed away on March 10, 2021.  We pay tribute to him here for his connections to Chicago and his unceasing dedication to roots music in the forms of African American Blues, Soul and Funk. 

A bio excerpt of SAMMY BLUE’S WEBSITE reads:

In the tradition of the true Southern Blues Masters, we proudly present the “Crown Prince of the Blues” Sammy Blue.  Sammy’s nickname was given to him by the late great Muddy Waters as he uniquely exemplifies both traditional and contemporary genres of Blues.  He effortlessly transitions from authentic solo Blues performances to legendary high energy dynamic band presentations throughout his career. During the past forty years, this versatility has enabled Mr. Blue to perform on four continents and as opening act for such greats as: Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Jerry Garcia, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, KoKo Taylor, Memphis Slim, the Wailers and Delbert McClinton, among many others.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans around the world.

Photo taken at Evanston S.P.ACE. @ a Tribute To Eddy Clearwater organized by Eddy’s widow Renee and promoter and publicist Lynn Orman Weiss with Eddy’s band. JAN. 2019.

– Peter M. Hurley 

Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with the Chess Studios’ sound of Bo Diddley and continues to this day.