That’s Dr. Buddy Guy to you. Blues great Buddy Guy was granted an honorary doctorate degree April 17 by LSU Board of Supervisors. The degree comes after not only an illustrious and continuing music career, but also after Guy spent his own time working on campus throughout the years.
Guy was born to a sharecropper’s family in 1936 near Lettsworth, and at 19 landed his first job at LSU. He left about two years later, however, to pursue a music career in Chicago, according to supporting documents submitted to the LSU Board of Supervisors in consideration for the degree.
“(Guy) would always have a job here if his musical career didn’t pan out,” according to the documents.
Guy’s career did pan out, however. He earned international fame, performing on more than 60 albums and influencing more great guitar musicians than most people have on their iPods — Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, to name just a few.
“Heaven is lying at Buddy Guy’s feet while listening to him play guitar,” Hendrix once said.
Guy has also been honored with the National Medal of Arts, reception into the Louisiana and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, several Grammy Awards and others.