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Memorial to be Held for Marvin Sease February 9, 2011

Posted by David W. King in Obituary.

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011 singer Marvin Sease passed away unexpectedly. He resided in Vicksburg, MS. He was 64 years old.

A celebration of Marvin Sease’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., at Word and Worship Church located at 6286 Hanging Moss Rd. in Jackson, Mississippi 39206. The event is open to the public. Bishop Jeffery A. Stallworth is the designated pastor for the church.

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Legendary Rock Guitarist Gary Moore Dead At 58 February 9, 2011

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NEW YORK–The Northern Ireland legendary rock and blues guitarist, Gary Moore – born Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952 – who came to fame with the band Thin Lizzy, died in Estepona on the Costa del Sol on Sunday. He was just 58.

His death occurred during his sleep on a visit to the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, but cause of death is yet to be made public. It was confirmed by his manager, Adam Parsons.

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Blues Legend Etta James Gravely Ill January 14, 2011

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Female Blues Performers, Female Blues Vocalists, Obituary.
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Sad news that singer legendary blues singer, ETTA JAMES is undergoing treatment for leukemia and has been diagnosed with dementia. Details of James’s conditions were revealed when her husband Artis Mills asked a California court to permit him to take control of her finances; more than $1M of her money.


Music Photographer George Pickow Passes 12.19.10 December 19, 2010

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George Pickow, a photographer best known for the thousands of album covers in which he captured the titans of folk, jazz, and pop music – including Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne – in their midcentury prime, died on December 10 in Rosslyn, New York. He was 88.

The cause was respiratory failure, his son Jon told The New York Times. Pickow was married to the folk singer and dulcimerist Jean Ritchie.


Chicago Bluesman Albert “Little Smokey” Smothers 1939-2010 November 23, 2010

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Here’s some information on his life from Alligator Records:

Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Albert Abraham “Little Smokey” Smothers, 71, died on November 20, 2010. Smothers recorded multiple albums and accompanied other famed blues men and women on records and in live performance. He was also known as a mentor to younger musicians, including Paul Butterfield and Elvin Bishop of the popular and influential 1960s blues crossover group The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Smothers died at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago of natural causes.


RIP Dennis Taylor, 1954 – October 17, 2010 October 21, 2010

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Saxophonist Dennis Taylor is best known in blues circles for his work on the road and in the recording studio with Delbert McClinton, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Earl Gaines, Duke Robillard, and others. Dennis also worked with Michelle Shocked and Todd Snider.

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Popular Clarksdale Musician Passes September 10, 2010

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Funeral arrangements and donation information

for “Mr. Tater, The Music Maker” (Foster Wiley)

“Mr. Tater, The Music Maker” passed away early Friday morning in Memphis; funeral arrangements have been made; donations are being sought by family to cover funeral expenses


Hailed as one of the last Mississippi Delta street musicians and a favorite of visiting tourists from around the world, Foster Wiley a.k.a. “Mr Tater, The Music Maker” passed away early Friday morning, September 10, at the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis — according to his brothers Joshua and Joe Wiley. Foster Wiley had been in the Intensive Care Unit for over a week with kidney and other issues.


Affectionately called “Mr. Tater” by his fans, Foster Wiley was known for his daily street performances in downtown Clarksdale as well as his late night jams at blues venues like Ground Zero Blues Club, Red’s Lounge and Club 2000. His name or image often appeared in both national and international media circles, including such iconic news outlets as The New York Times, BBC, CNN, CBS and NPR. He was a regular act at local blues festivals, recorded approximately a dozen albums and was featured in a handful of documentaries.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS (per Joshua and Joe Wiley)


Monday, September 13, 2010

2pm – 6pm

Woolf Funeral Home

761 Mckinley St.

Clarksdale, MS 38614

662-624-2025 / 662-624-2522 (more info)

Wilbert D. Phillips, funeral director


Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Pilgrim’s Rest Church

Directions: From 161 North State Street (headed away from “Crossroads” marker and toward Kroger), turn left on New Africa Road (by the McDonalds) going toward Roundaway. Drive approximately “3-4 miles to old church on right” (painted white).


Per the family, please mail checks in Mr. Tater’s brother’s name, “Joshua Wiley”; he is temporarily covering the funeral expenses:

Joshua Wiley

4123 Farmview Dr.

Nashville, TN 37218

615-498-0244 / 615-876-9449 (questions)


See more about Mr. Tater on Myspace and Facebook. His friend Will Dawson set up pages for him there. Also, search Youtube for a variety of video performances.


We will all miss Mr. Tater. Besides being a dedicated musician, he was a good friend to many and always ready with a big smile. Clarksdale will never be the same. RIP.


Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art • 252 Delta Avenue • Clarksdale • MS • 38614

RIP Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, June 9th,1926 – August 9th, 2010 August 23, 2010

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Best known as the longtime bass player of the Muddy Waters Blues Band, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, a Greenwood, Mississippi native, passed away last night of complications from lung cancer. He was 84. “Fuzz” was the definitive blues bass player, a stirring vocalist, and a wonderful human being. Here is the email that Bob Margolin, his longtime friend, and fellow Muddy alum, wrote this morning:

Calvin “Fuzz” Jones passed away early this morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven, Mississippi. His family is making funeral arrangements for Saturday in Mississippi. No more information on that yet, update soon. (more…)