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George "Mojo" Buford (born November 10, 1929, Hernando, Mississippi, United States) is an American blues harmonica player, best known for his work in Muddy Waters' band.  Buford died on October 11, 2011, in Minneapolis, after a long hospitalization. He was 81

Biography

Buford relocated from Mississippi to Memphis in his youth, where he studied the blues. He relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 1952, forming the Savage Boys that eventually became known as the Muddy Waters, Jr. Band. They substituted for Waters at local nightclubs whilst he was touring.

Buford first played in Waters backing band in 1959, replacing Little Walter, but in 1962 moved to Minneapolis to front his own band, and record a couple of albums. It was in Minneapolis that Buford gained his nickname "Mojo", because of the audiences requesting him to perform his cover version of "Got My Mojo Working." Buford returned to Waters' combo in 1967 for a year when he replaced James Cotton. He had a longer tenure with Waters in the early 1970s, and returned for the final time after Jerry Portnoy departed to form The Legendary Blues Band.

Buford also recorded as a bandleader for the Mr. Blues label (later re-issued on Rooster Blues) and the British JSP record label.

Source: Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)

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