Elmore JamesElmore James (January 27, 1918 - May 24, 1963) was an American blues singer and guitarist. He was born in Canton, Mississippi and began playing as a teen under the names Cleanhead and Joe Willie James.
Upon his release, he began recording with Trumpet Records, starting with his characteristic song, "Dust My Broom". It was a surprise hit and turned James into a star.
The slide guitar riff from "Dust My Broom" is one of the best known openings in all of blues. It was even transformed into a doo-wop chorus on Jesse Stone's "Down in the Alley", recorded by The Clovers and Elvis Presley. Stone transcribed the riff as:
- "Changety changety changety changety chang chang!"