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Elvin Bishop (born October 21, 1942, Glendale, California) is an American blues and rock and roll musician and guitarist.
In March of 1971, The Elvin Bishop Group and The Allman Brothers Band co-billed a series of celebrated concerts at Fillmore East. Bishop joined the Allmans onstage for a rendition of his own song, "Drunken Hearted Boy". Over the years, Bishop has recorded with many other blues artists including Clifton Chenier and John Lee Hooker. In late 1975, he played guitar for a couple of tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album. He toured with B. B. King in 1995.
In 1976 Bishop released his most memorable single, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love", which peaked at #3 in the U.S. charts, about his love affair with the late Jenny Villarin, the mother of his late daughter Selina Bishop. The recording featured vocalist Mickey Thomas and drummer Donny Baldwin who both later joined Jefferson Starship. Bishop feels that the limitations of his voice have helped his songwriting.
Bishop's hit song "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" was featured in the movie Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. The song is featured in a scene in which Neil Patrick Harris (as himself) talks of a fictitious girl who got away. According to the story, the fictitious girl was a stand-in for Whoopi Goldberg on the set of the film Clara's Heart.
Bishop appeared at the 1984 Long Beach Blues Festival. In 1988 he signed with Alligator Records and released Big Fun featuring Whit Lehnberg & The Carptones, 1991's Don't Let The Bossman Get You Down, 1995's Ace In The Hole, 1998's The Skin I'm In and 2000's That's My Partner, on which he paired with his original Chicago Blues teacher, Little Smokey Smothers.
Bishop's Alligator Records releases have been consistently well conceived.
Bishop performing at the Riverwalk Blues Festival in February 2006In 2005, Bishop released his first new CD in five years, Gettin' My Groove Back.
Elvin Bishop released his newest album "The Blues Roles On" on September 23rd 2008 courtesy of Delta Groove Music. Elvin was supported by an all-star cast of blues royalty featuring B.B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Tommy Castro, John Nemeth, and Angela Strehli.
Elvin Bishop was most recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album (Instrumental or Vocal) for "The Blues Rolls On".