August 1, 2008 / 9:01 AM / 11 years ago

Buddy Guy reaches new heights on U.S. chart

Blues and rock musician Buddy Guy performs at the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - While teen idol Miley Cyrus was grabbing all the attention on the U.S. pop chart this week with her third No. 1 album in two years, 72-year-old blues guitarist Buddy Guy also had cause for celebration.

His new album, “Skin Deep,” opened at No. 68, his highest position to date on the Billboard 200. His previous best was the No. 136 peak for his first chart entry, 1991’s “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues.”

Guy started recording in 1957, but his early career was stymied by under appreciative executives at his Chess Records label. He enjoyed a renaissance in the 1980s, and “Damn Right” became the first of eight albums to reach the pop chart.

“Skin Deep,” released on Silvertone Records, hit the chart, a day after Tuesday’s DVD release of the Rolling Stones’ concert movie “Shine a Light,” which features a guest turn by Guy on the tune “Champagne and Reefer.”


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