World Loses Legendary Bluesman Willie King

informations issues du site officiel : On Sunday, March 8, 2009 the outstanding Alabama blues musician Willie King passed away near his home in Old Memphis, Alabama, following a massive heart attack. His career started on a plantation with a one-string, homemade diddly-bo. Six recordings and a DVD later, along with numerous national and international festival performances, Willie King has gained a substantial national and international reputation…

Ever since he first heard a blues musician play at this grandmother’s juke joint over sixty years ago, Willie King has been consumedby the blues. His life story is about great music but equally it is about care, interest and concern for the community he grew up in – King’s own definition of the “blues life.”

The loss of this great blues man will be felt by fans and musicians all over the world who have been touched by his unique juke joint blues and uplifting message of peace, love and social justice.


Willie King, Cognac, juillet 2008 (photo : Docteur Blues)

Bill Wax of Bluesville on XM Satellite Radio writes on Monday, March 9th: “Willie was fine musician but more importantly he was a great person who used his talents and music to make life better for others. This afternoon beginning at 3:30 pm I will do a tribute to Willie and his music for about an hour on B.B. King’s Bluesville.

Please see Willie King’s Guest Book for appreciation and comments.

See Tweed’s Blues amongst many other discussions and the Tuscaloosa News for reports and video. Also reports at the Commercial Dispatch, Scott Baretta, Folo, Blues Foundation and many more.

informations du site officiel : www.alabamablues.org

Pour Docteur Blues j’avais interviewer Willie King en juillet dernier à Cognac :

 

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