Several notable deaths have occurred recently in the world of Blues.
Matt “Guitar” Murphy, blues sideman who played with the Blues Brothers and legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, died Friday, June 15, 2018. He was 88. For a history of his career, click here.
Chicago bluesman Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater died June 1 due to heart failure at his home. He was 83. More information about him can be found here.
DJ Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock 'n' roll as Elvis Presley's sideman, died June 13, 2018. Rolling Stone published a nice in-depth article about him.
The name John "Jab'o" Starks may not be a familiar one, but he is one of the drummers who gave funk singer James Brown his driving beat. Starks died in his native Alabama May 1, 2018. He also played early on with Bobby Bland. A full accounting of his interesting life is found here.
Yvonne Staples passed on April 10, 2018. The Staples Singers were a mainstay in the gospel and R&B genres. They performed at the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival in the late '90's.
Henry Butler, who never returned to live in his New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina, died July 2, 2018. Blinded as a child by glaucoma, Henry taught himself to play piano.
Submitted by LaDonna Sanders