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(CBS) – On another cold January night in Chicago, the legendary Buddy Guy is heating it up on his stage at his night club Legends in the South Loop.

It’s been his annual rite of winter in recent years.

“I saw so many blues clubs here back in the day that I would never have thought of owning a blues club. But they were disappearing just like the blues musicians. I said i have to keep some alive,” Guy tells CBS 2’s Rob Johnson.

The 77-year-old hungered for greatness ever since he grew up on a Louisiana plantation, picking cotton and picking the guitar. By the time he got to Chicago in the late 1950s, he was just plain hungry.

That’s when he met his mentor, the great Muddy Waters. For much of Buddy’s career, he played guitar for blues luminaries like Waters and others. By the early ‘90s, he was collaborating with Eric Clapton.

More than a decade later he was on stage with Clapton and another blues great when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“To be between B.B. King and Eric Clapton — what more can you ask for?” he says.

Buddy has won six Grammy Awards, has played for presidents, is friends with the Rolling Stones and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. Despite that, he’s the same hungry kid from Louisiana, eager to entertain.

Buddy Guy is performing all month at Legends, but he’s particularly excited about Saturday Jan. 18, when he will be on stage with his protégé and guitar prodigy, 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan.

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