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Died On This Date (August 17, 2012) Lou Martin / Played Keyboards For Rory Gallagher

Posted by themusicsover on September 10, 2012

Lou Martin
August 12, 1949 – August 17, 2012

Lou Martin was an Irish keyboardist who is best remembered for his years playing with Rory Gallagher.  Martin was just six years old when he began learning the piano, and when he was around 19, he formed his first band, Killing Floor. During the early ’70s, he left the group to play with Gallagher.  He played with Gallagher both live and on record through the early ’90s.  He can be heard on such albums as Blueprint, Tattoo, Defender, and Fresh Evidence.   Away from Gallagher, Martin played with the likes of Screaming Lord Sutch, Chuck Berry, and Albert Collins.  Having battled cancer and suffering a handful of strokes, Lou Martin passed away on August 17, 2012.  He was 63.



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Died On This Date (October 20, 2011) Earl Gilliam / Texas Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on October 20, 2011

Earl Gilliam
DOB Unknown – October 20, 2011

Earl Gilliam was a pianist who, for over 60 years was a key figure of the Houston blues scene.  A gifted self-taught pianist, it has been said that Gilliam could listen to a song two or three times and recreate it virtually note by note.  Over the years, Gilliam played with such luminaries as Albert King, Albert Collins, and Lightnin’ Hopkins to name a few.  He fronted his own band as well, entertaining Houston crowds throughout the ’90s and 2000s, but only released one album, Texas Doghouse Blues, in 2005.  He also hosted the “Dog House,” a bi-weekly jam in his home for many years.   Earl Gilliam died of lung disease on October 20, 2011.  He was 81.

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Died On This Date (February 6, 2011) Gary Moore / Blues Rock Guitar Legend

Posted by themusicsover on February 6, 2011

Robert Gary Moore
April 4, 1952 – February 6, 2011

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Gary Moore was an Irish guitarist and singer who, over a career that spanned over 40 years, became one of the most acclaimed electric blues guitarists the world has ever known.  Moore was just 14 years old when he decided to pick up the guitar, and even though he was left-handed, he quickly taught himself to play with his right.  His early influences included John Mayall, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrex, but it was Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who first recognized his talent and tutored him whenever he came through Dublin.  In 1969, Moore joined Skid Row, a blues rock band that included Phil Lynott who would later gain fame with Thin Lizzy.  Over the years Moore played with a diverse who’s who of popular music.  That list includes George Harrison, G-Force, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Beach Boys, and Albert Collins.  He released his first solo album in 1973 and continued making albums up until as recently as 2008.  On February 6, 2011, Gary Moore died in his sleep while on vacation in Spain.  He was 58.

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Died On This Date (November 24, 1993) Albert Collins / Texas Blues Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 24, 2010

Albert Collins
October 1, 1932 – November 24, 1993

Albert Collins was an electric blues guitarist so great, that he was awarded not one, but three nicknames – the Iceman, the Master of the Telecaster, and the Razor Blade.  Born in a small Texas town mid-way between Dallas and Houston, Collins took an early shine to the music he heard around him.  When he was 7, he and his family moved to Houston, and it was there that he eventually began making a name for himself by playing a style that was equal parts Texas, Mississippi, and Chicago blues.  In 1952, Collins formed his first band and within two years, he was headlining clubs in and around Houston.  He began making records in 1958, and went on to record for such respected labels as Imperial, Alligator, and Point Blank.  Collins was also an in-demand side man and be heard playing on records by the likes of David Bowie, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, and Gary Moore.  In August of 1993, Albert Collins learned he was suffering from lung and liver cancer.  He died of the disease three months later, on November 24, 1993.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (July 3, 1997) Johnny Copeland / Texas Blues Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on July 3, 2010

Johnny Copeland
March 27, 1937 – July 3, 1997

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Johnny Copeland was a Texas Blues singer and guitarist who released his first of many albums in 1956.  In his early days, Copeland was very popular along the live circuit, performing with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Sonny Boy Williamson and Freddie King, but unfortunately that didn’t translate in record sales for him.  In the early ’80s however, Copeland moved to New York City and signed with respected blues label, Rounder Records who went on to release a series of critical and commercial successes for him.  Copeland, along with Robert Cray and Albert Collins won the Best Traditional Blues Album in 1987 for their Showdown!.  Johnny Copeland died on July 3, 1997 of complications from an earlier heart transplant.  His daughter, Shemekia Copeland has carried on the family name as a popular blues performer.

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Showdown! (Remastered) - Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland



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