Lefty Dizz


Lefty Dizz was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer whose recorded work was released on eight albums.

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques.

The Chicago blues is a form of blues music indigenous to Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States.

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He is best known for fronting his own band, Shock Treatment, and his work with Junior Wells, J. B. Lenoir and Hound Dog Taylor.

J. B. Lenoir was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the Chicago blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s.

Junior Wells, born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., was an American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist.

Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer.


One commentator noted that "for wild-*ss showmen in blues history...


one would certainly have to go a far piece to beat Lefty Dizz".


Dizz favoured a right-handed Fender Stratocaster, which he played with his left hand, hence the first part of his stage name.


The derivation of the second part of his stage name is uncertain.


According to one source, the name came from his playing the trumpet in the style of Dizzy Gillespie; another source says that Ted Harvey, the drummer for Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers, gave him the nickname in reference to his "playing jazz in the alley".

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer.

A trumpet is a brass instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles.


Dizz was reputedly the brother of the blues musician Johnny Dollar.

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