Terry Abrahamson

Grammy-winner Terry Abrahamson’s work has been performed by Muddy Waters, Joan Jett, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, John Lee Hooker, Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Shaw, Pam Grier, George Thorogood and Clarence Clemons, has appeared at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History, the Blues and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame, the Smithsonian Institution and before the US Supreme Court. Terry currently has a photo exhibit of images from his book, In the Belly of the Blues, on display at the Blues Heaven Foundation, former home of Chess Records.



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Rhode Island Blues Festival, Escoheag, Rhode Island, 1975

What a line­up for one afternoon! Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Taj Mahal, Freddie King and Koko Taylor! Having known Muddy since the Alice’s Revisited days of the late 60s, I was fortunate enough to become his friend and collaborator on three songs. And it landed me backstage at a series of historic musical events, like this one. I was a fan with a camera, not a photographer. Koko knew me. I’d gotten her some gigs, done her sound, and spent some time with her and Muddy and Willie Dixon. Koko was great to photograph. She was so full of life, and brought out a lot of life in those around her. Like that million dollar smile on Freddie.

— Terry Abrahamson


© Terry Abrahamson - KokoTaylor Freddie King

Koko Taylor & Freddie King

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© Terry Abrahamson - KokoTaylor John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker & Koko Taylor

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Koko Taylor

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