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Chicago Honors Buddy Guy with His Own Street

Photos by Paul Natkin

Blues legend Buddy Guy received a very special gift for his 75th birthday, celebrated on July 30. The Fender signature artist was honored by the city of Chicago with a special proclamation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and his very own street.

The 700-block of South Wabash street outside Guy’s restaurant and club Legends has been renamed as Buddy Guy Way.

“They normally give this to you after you are gone,” said Guy, who turned 75 on July 30. “My mom used to tell me, ‘Son, give me my flowers when I can still smell them. I’m not going to smell them when they put them on top of that grave.’”

Despite a steady rain, a very touched Guy insisted on venturing outside with Alderman Bob Fioretti, who read the proclamation, to view the unveiling of the street sign.

Fender was there for the presentation, and we grabbed some lo-fi video of the presentation. Watch below.

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