Jimmy Dawkins, a Chicago bluesman, has died at age 76. Dawkins went by the nickname “Fast Fingers,” which he earned for his renowned guitar skills. He passed away on April 10. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.
Bob Koester, the owner of the record label Delmark Records, confirmed Dawkins’ death. “He didn’t like his nickname. It gave the impression that he played only upbeat music,” Koster told the Associated Press. “His voice was feathery, soft. He wasn’t a shouter, which is unusual in blues.”
Dawkins started his career on the streets of Chicago where he performed for tips. He went on to form a band in the 1960s, earning a career as being a great supporting player before breaking out in his own right. His first album, “Fast Fingers,” premiered in 1969. Dawkins’ last album, “Tell Me Baby,” came out in 2004. He also contributed to the blues magazine Living Blues.