Album: Buddy Guy, Living Proof (Silvertone / Sony)

Buddy Guy is the least lyrical, most virile of all the great Chicago blues lead guitarists, as well as the only one left apart from BB. Go figure.

If the potential exists to strangle a note then Buddy will throttle the living crap out of it. His influence over an entire generation of Brits is therefore unsurprising: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are all Guy guys one way or another. He's 74 now and as rowdily ebullient as ever, except when he's being reflective with the aforementioned BB King. Strap one on.