While Memphis Minnie was a great singer and songwriter, it’s her blazing guitar work that made her a giant in the blues field. She was a masterful fingerpicker and evolved with the music moving from acoustic country blues to a more raucous Chicago style on electric guitar. She influenced and was influenced by other legends like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rodgers and Johnny Shines. Largely forgotten today, she was one of the most popular blues artists of the 30s and 40s and made more than 200 double-sided 78 RPM singles. She was in poor health in the 50s and spent her last years in a nursing home in Memphis. She was one of the inaugural inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.