Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BLUES ICON LACY GIBSON DIES

Lacy Gibson
Blues musician Lacy Gibson, whose jazz-influenced guitar and rich vocals were sought after by leaders of Chicago’s once-thriving blues scene, has died at age 74.

Gibson died Monday of a heart attack, according to a statement on Tuesday from Alligator Records. Gibson was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1936 and headed to Chicago at age 13 with his family, gravitating to the blues music scene to learn at the feet of Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Lefty Bates, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters.

Gibson rounded out his unpredictable guitar style playing pop and jazz in Chicago supper clubs and lounges in the 1950s. His versatile guitar became a mainstay on stages and in recording studios for numerous bands led by such blues luminaries as Son Seals, Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed, Billy “The Kid” Emerson, Billy Boy Arnold, Big Time Sarah, and Sun Ra.

He recorded three albums as the headliner, beginning with "Wishing Ring" in 1971, and then "Switchy Titchy" on the Black Magic label in 1983. Gibson’s most recent album was "Crying For My Baby", in 1996.

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