Wednesday, 20 May 2020

The Mozart of the Blues

An awful lot of musicians whom I admired have died recently. Sadly another one has joined the list with the passing of Lucky Peterson, who I was privileged to see perform live a couple of times. Peterson was a direct link back to the blues greats; he was mentored by Willie Dixon, was taught organ by Jimmy Smith and played alongside Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Etta James, Mavis Staples and many, many more. He got his nickname because he started his performing and recording career at the age of five. There's plenty of his music available on YouTube, but for now we'll just have this number recorded in his hotel room only a couple of months ago, 'The Coronavirus Blues':

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