Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tribute to Robert Lockwood, Jr.

Robert Lockwood, Jr., died on Tuesday at the age of 91. It's always a sad day when we lose another blues or jazz master. There aren't many left.

Among the giants of Delta and Chicago blues, Robert Lockwood Jr. may have been the last of the greats, having outlived Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers and John Lee Hooker.

He learned at age 11 directly from the itinerant blues singer Robert Johnson, who had become romantically involved with Lockwood's widowed mother in Helena, Ark. By 15, Lockwood was playing juke joints and fish fries throughout Mississippi and Arkansas with Johnson.

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