Johnny Rapp

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Inducted in 1999

John Rapp is one of the premiere Blues guitar players in Phoenix. He is in demand for both live and studio sessions. John was born one month before Sputnik, in 1957. He started playing music in 1964. He says he tuned his first guitar with a pair of channel-lock pliers, both from Sears-Roebuck. He played in lots of bands in the NYC and upstate NY area before moving to Phoenix in 1986. John has lived in South Phoenix ever since.

John has played with many great Arizona Blues acts. He's played with Janiva Magness, Texas Red, the Varmints, the Hoodoo Kings, Steve Willis and the Roscoes, Chico Chism, Hans Olson, The Rocket 88's, The Sting Rays, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, Big Pete Pearson, The Ramblers, Pat Roberts, Johnny Tanner, The Blue Turks, Colin Winski, Rhythm Room All Stars, Midnite Blues, Luther Jackson, Drift, Acid Blue Yonder, Chupacabra, My Daughters' Wedding, Sashweight Slim and the Dangling Wranglers, and the Johnny Rapp Explosion.

Among others, John has has recorded and/or played with Jimmy Rogers, Little Milton, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Pinetop Perkins, John Brim, Billy Boy Arnold, Bo Diddley, Henry Gray, Sam Lay, Ike Turner, Nappy Brown, Homesick James, Carol Fran, Luther Tucker, Dave Myers, Raful Neal, Dianna Greenleaf, Little Mack Simmons, Smokey Wilson, King Karl, Lazy Lester, James Cotton, Snooky Pryor, Mojo Buford, Henry Townsend, Jimmy Dotson, Big Jack Johnson, Willie Buck, Bob Stroger, Calvin Jones, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Johnny Dyer, Chico Chism, Roy Gaines, Byther Smith,  Big Joe Houston, Joey DeFrancesco, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bill Perry, Bilbo Walker, Tail Dragger, Jimmy Dotson, Dino Spells, Eddie C. Campbell, Barbara Lynn, Louisiana Red, Willie Buck, Cedell Davis, Oscar Wilson, Alabama Mike, L A Jones, Adrianna Marie, Big Time Sarah, Big Pete Pearson, Fenton Robinson, Lester Chambers, Lil' Ed, Dave Riley, Jimi Primetime Smith, BB Junior, Honeyboy Edwards, R.L. Burnside, The Chief, Luther Jackson, Bob Tate, Schoolboy Porter, Roosevelt Nettles, Long John Hunter, Tommy Dukes, Billy Flynn, Frank Krakowski, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, Rick Holstrom, Joel Foy, Finis Tasby, Brian Fahey, Richard Innes, Teddy Morgan, Fred Kaplan, Tom Levey, Lynwood Slim, Larry Taylor, Janiva Magness, Al Blake, Canned Heat, Steve Willis, Barrelhouse Chuck, Tom Mahon, Leon Blue, Kirk Fletcher, Steve Guyger, Gary Primich, Billy Watson, Bob Margolin, Dave Maxwell, and the incomparable Jimmie Lee Robinson.

John's influences range from Sonny Sharrock to Julian Bream, with Earl Hooker, Jimmy Bryant, Bee Houston, Junior Barnard, and Les Paul as special favorites.

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