Blues legend Buddy Guy gets honorary street in Chicago

August 8, 2011

The Associated Press

(Flickr/Jeffrey Ross)
Buddy Guy performing at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling 2010.

Chicago blues great Buddy Guy now has his own street.

The stretch of Wabash Street in front of his music club, Legends, was named "Buddy Guy Way" on Sunday. Guy celebrated his
75th birthday on July 30. The blues guitarist says he "wanted to cry" at the honor.

Guy received a copy of the sign as a crowd sang "Happy Birthday." Chicago alderman Bob Fioretti read a proclamation from
Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Guy was born in Louisiana in 1936 and moved to Chicago in 1957.

He started a career as a session musician, backing blues legends like 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.