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Died On This Date (April 11, 2001) Sandy Bull / Folk Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 11, 2010

Sandy Bull
January 1, 1941 – April 11, 2001

sandy-bullSandy Bull was a musical genius.  Best known for his brilliant folk guitar playing, he was also a master of the banjo, aud, pedal steel and other stringed instruments.  Like Vanguard Records label mate, John Fahey, Bull’s finger-picking incorporated various styles of music – in Bull’s case, classical, jazz and middle Eastern.  And like Fahey, he rose to prominence during the ’60s folk revival and influenced the likes of Leo KottkeRy Cooder, Richard Thompson, and later, M. Ward.  Bull struggled with drug addiction which forced him into early retirement in the early ’70s.  After successfully completing rehab, Bull was back in the studio and on stage by the early 80s.  He died of lung cancer on April 11, 2001 at the age of 60.

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