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Junior Wells (1934–1998)

Born in Memphis in 1934, Junior Wells was one of the primary blues harmonica players in Chicago after World War II. Influenced by Sonny Boy Williamson and, especially, Walter Jacobs (aka "Little Walter"), Wells helped to define the sound of the harmonica in the 1950s, first with the Aces, a group fronted by him, and later with Buddy Guy and Muddy ... See full bio »

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 2013-2014 Parenthood (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Jump Ball (2014) ... (performer: "Ships on the Ocean" - uncredited)
- It Has to Be Now (2013) ... (performer: "Look on Yonder Wall" - uncredited)
 2010 House M.D. (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Baggage (2010) ... (performer: "In the Wee Hours" - uncredited)
 2008 The Wire (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Not for Attribution (2008) ... (performer: "Messin' with the Kid")
 2006 Idiocracy (performer: "Hoodoo Man" (1965)) / (writer: "Hoodoo Man" (1965))
 2006 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2006) ... (performer: "Chitlin Con Carne" - as Jr. Welles)
 2003 Crime Spree (performer: "Snatch It Back and Hold It")
 2002 Deuces Wild (performer: "Lovey Dovey Lovey One")
 2002 Showtime (performer: "Snatch It Back and Hold It" (1965)) / (writer: "Snatch It Back and Hold It" (1965))
 1998 Eros and Psyche (performer: "Stormy Monday Blues")
 1998 Home Fries (performer: "Why Are People Like That")
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000 (performer: "Cheaper To Keep Her", "Checkin' Up On My Baby")
 1997 Flipping (performer: "SNATCH IT BACK AND HOLD IT") / (writer: "SNATCH IT BACK AND HOLD IT")
 1996 2 Days in the Valley (performer: "Going Home") / (writer: "Going Home")
 1994 Cabin Boy (writer: "IN THE WEE HOURS")
 1991 Eric Clapton: 24 Nights (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Hoodoo Man")
 1991 Dutch (performer: "Snatch It Back And Hold It") / (writer: "Snatch It Back And Hold It" - as Amos Wells)
 1985 To Live and Die in L.A. (performer: "Good Morning School Girl", "Lawdy! Lawdy!")
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Other Works:

Single: "You Sure Look Good to Me" / "Lovey Dovey Lovely One" (Chief Records). See more »

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Alternate Names:

Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band

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In the early 1950s he was part of a Chicago jazz group called The Aces (aka The Nightcats, The Jukes). See more »

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