Blues singer, harmonica player, and guitarist who wrote "Back Door Man," "Killing Floor," and "Spoonful."
He was kicked out of the house by his mother, unhappy with his uncle, and finally found a happy home life with his father.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
He married Lillie Handley in 1964.
He had a rougher style than his contemporary blues musician Muddy Waters .