Chico Banks
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Chico Banks
Chico Banks
Vernon Banks
Born (1962-03-07)March 7, 1962
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died December 3, 2008(2008-12-03) (aged 46)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Chicago blues, electric blues[1]
Guitarist, singer
Instruments Guitar
Late 1970s-2007
Labels Evidence

Chico Banks (March 7, 1962 - December 3, 2008)[2] was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer. He released one album, in 1997 on Evidence Music, and played with many blues musicians from his late teens until his death at the age of 46. He is best known for his tracks "Your Fine" and "Candy Lickin' Man".[2] He was the son of the guitarist Jessie Banks, who played backing for the Mighty Clouds of Joy.

One commentator noted that Banks "focuses on good-time, upbeat blues".[1] He was an influence on the guitarist and singer Reggie Sears.[3]


He was born Vernon X. Banks in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Banks was inspired by Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Clay, George Benson and Tyrone Davis. His blues guitar playing incorporated jazz and funk stylings. He first played in a covers group in his mid-teens. He later worked with Guy and Clay and with Melvin Taylor, James Cotton, Little Milton, Magic Slim, and Big Time Sarah. He contributed to the album Long Way to Ol' Miss, by Willie Kent, recorded in 1996.[1]

His debut album, Candy Lickin' Man, including vocals by Mavis Staples, was released by Evidence Records in 1997.[4] Banks played on Lee "Shot" Williams's album Let the Good Times Roll in 2002 and on Tyrone Davis's album Come to Daddy in 2003.[5]

In 2007, Banks underwent surgery for a faulty heart valve.[6] He died in Chicago in December 2008.[2][6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Richard Skelly. "Chico Banks". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2008 January to June". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Reggie Sears | Similar Artists, Influenced By, Followers". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Bob Gottlieb. "Candy Lickin' Man - Chico Banks | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Chico Banks | Credits". AllMusic. 2008-12-04. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b Linda Cain. "Chicago blues guitarist Vernon "Chico" Banks dies at age 47". Retrieved 2011. 

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