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 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, Carol Fran, Luther Tucker, Dave Myers, Little Mack Simmons, Smokey Wilson, King Karl, Lazy Lester, James Cotton, Snooky Pryor, Mojo Buford, Big Jack Johnson, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Johnny Dyer, Roy Gaines, Joey DeFrancesco, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Tail Dragger, Jimmy Dotson, Dino Spells, Homesick James, Eddie C. Campbell, Barbara Lynn, Bilbo Walker, Louisiana Red, Cedell Davis, Big Time Sarah, Byther Smith, Fenton Robinson, Lil' Ed, Raful Neal, BB Junior, Honeyboy Edwards, Bob Tate, Schoolboy Porter, Roosevelt Nettles, Long John Hunter, Billy Flynn, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, Rick Holstrom, Joel Foy, Teddy Morgan, Lynwood Slim, Al Blake, Finis Tasby, Canned Heat, Tom Mahon, Steve Guyger, Bob Margolin, Dave Maxwell, Little Victor, 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.