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Phil Guy (April 28, 1940, Lettsworth, Louisiana - August 20, 2008, Chicago Heights, Illinois) was an American blues guitarist. He was the younger brother of Buddy Guy.
Guy played with the harmonica player Raful Neal for ten years in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area before relocating to Chicago in 1969. He played with Junior Wells in the 1970s, and recorded extensively under his own name in the 1980s and 1990s. Phil died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, August 20, 2008.
Phil was a familiar face for decades, playing in clubs around town and frequently popping in to visit the club of his older brother, Buddy Guy. Buddy, touring in support of his new CD, will be flying back for the funeral. Details have not yet been announced.
Like Buddy, Phil grew up in Louisiana and followed his brother to Chicago when he was just 17. You can read his full biography here. Though less well-known than his brother, Phil Guy was a talented musician in his own right. Since the late 1950s, he performed and recorded with a long list of blues musicians while at the same time fronting his own band.
The picture above is from the 2007 Chicago Blues Festival. I'd seen Phil perform many times in various places, but I was reminded again at just how good a guitarist he was when I reviewed the CD, Junior Wells: Live at Theresa's 1975. Phil did outstanding guitar work on that album.