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Chicago names street ‘Buddy Guy Way’

/ 09:50 AM August 09, 2011

CHICAGO— Chicago blues great Buddy Guy now has his own street.

The city of Chicago has renamed the stretch of Wabash Street in front of his club, Legends, “Buddy Guy Way.”

The blues guitarist says he “wanted to cry” when the honor was bestowed Sunday. Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti read a proclamation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” as Guy received a copy of the street sign.

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He celebrated his 75th birthday on July 30.

Guy was born in Louisiana in 1936 and moved to Chicago in 1957. He started a career as a session musician, backing blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter before recording his own music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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