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Died On This Date (March 7, 2007) Paul deLay / Portland Blues Singer

Posted by themusicsover on March 7, 2013

Paul deLay
January 31, 1952 – March 7, 2007

paul-delayPaul deLay was a Portland, Oregon blues treasure.  Over a career that he launched during the early ’70s, deLay dazzled blues fans throughout the western United States and beyond.  After starting out in a band called Brown Sugar, deLay formed the Paul deLay Blues Band in 1976.  During the early ’90s, he spent a few years in prison on drug related charges, but that didn’t stop the music.  He shined as part of the Walla Walla prison band until he was released and able to re-join his own band who had forged on without him as the No deLay Band.  DeLay released several albums throughout his long career, with his 2007 effort, Last Of The Best hitting the Top 10 of the Billboard blues chart.  He also received a W.C. Handy award and several accolades from the Cascade Blues Association and Portland Music Association.  Paul deLay passed away from the effects of leukemia on March 7, 2007.  He was 55.

 

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Died On This Date (January 30, 2013) Ann Rabson/ Saffire -The Uppity Blues Women

Posted by themusicsover on January 30, 2013

Ann Rabson
April 12, 1945 – January 30, 2013

ann-rabsonAnn Rabson was an influential blues singer and musician who is often recognized for helping bring blues women to the forefront of the genre.  Over a career that began in 1962, Rabson performed and recorded as a solo act and as part of an acoustic blues collective known as Sapphire, the Uppity Blues Women.  Over the course of her career, she received several W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations among other accolades. Both solo and with Sapphire – The Uppity Blues Women, Rabson released over a dozen albums.  Her most recent was 2012’s Struttin’ My Stuff.   Ann Rabson died of cancer on January 30, 2013.  She was 67.

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Died On This Date (March 28, 1958) W.C. Handy / Father Of The Blues

Posted by themusicsover on March 28, 2010

William Christopher Handy
November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958

wc-handyW.C. Handy was born in Florence, Alabama in a log cabin that was built by his grandfather.  By the time he was a teenager he was playing both trumpet and clarinet in a band. He would become a teacher by trade and was soon writing songs that would become blues standards.  His “St. Louis Blues” as recorded by Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong is considered one of the finest songs of the era.  Along with his autobiography, Handy wrote five books on the subject of music, blues and African-American life in the early 20th century.  In 1943, Handy was blinded as a result of a fall from a subway platform.  He passes away  at the age of 84 from pneumonia.  An estimated 25,000 people attended his funeral while an additional 125,000 gathered in nearby streets to pay their respects.



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Died On This Date (March 4, 2009) John Cephas / Blues Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on March 4, 2010

John Cephas
1930 – March 4, 2009

john-cephasJohn Cephas was a blues guitarist and singer who, with his musical partner and harmonica player,  Phil Wiggins helped keep the Piedmont style of blues alive well into the 21st century.  Cephas began playing with Wiggins after meeting each other at a folk festival in the mid ’70s.  Over the course of their career together, they released over a dozen albums for such respected blues labels and Flying Fish and Alligator.  1987’s Dog Days Of August earned them a W.C. Handy award for Best Blues Album, while their 2002 Somebody Told The Truth shot to #8  on the Billboard Blues Chart.  John Cephas, age 78, died of pulmonary fibrosis on March  4, 2009.

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