72... dies of heart attack in St. Louis, Missouri
During his career, Smith performed
ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE DRIFTERS, RUFUSTHOMAS,
LITTLE MILTON, and ALBERT KING.
"This is the man who taught Ike
Turner to play guitar, the man who has shared the stage with
Gatemouth Brown, Albert King and Matt "Guitar" Murphy, to name just
Born in St. Louis in October 1933, Mr. Smith was the seventh son in
a family of 14. He went on to become known as a leading electric
blues guitarist who played with several artists, including Chuck
Berry, Ike and Tina Turner, Big Bad Smitty and Johnnie Johnson.
Obituary (St. Louis Post Dispatch) - Bennie Smith: Regarded as
dean of electric blues guitarists
|MySpace Profile - Robert
Lockwood, Jr., CLEVELAND, Ohio, US, ... Robert
will be sorely missed
Robert Lockwood Jr. 1915 - 2006
is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of blues
legend Robert Lockwood Jr. Robert passed away Tuesday
November 21, 2006 at the age of 91. Robert had been
hospitalized for the better part of a month.
Robert's legacy is his music, a style which melded jazz
and blues. Robert was the most direct link to Robert
Johnson. It was while Robert was 13 that Robert Johnson
taught him to play guitar. A short time later the world
lost Robert Johnson, in 1937.
Robert Lockwood Jr. worked with all of the greats in blues
and jazz. His first band was comprised of all jazz
musicians. This helped to shape the style that was to
become his legacy. While he learned from the jazzmen they
learned blues. Eventually the styles melded into the
Robert Lockwood sound.
Robert played on recordings by Doctor Clayton, Little
Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Eddie Boyd, Sunnyland Slim,
and Otis Spann. He also spent time in the Muddy Waters
Band. He once tried to teach both Muddy Waters and Big
Bill Broonzy his style but they were more comfortable with
what they knew.
Robert will be missed by those of us who love his music
and his legacy in music will last for eternity.
Rest in Peace Robert....
the last twenty years, the Blues world has recognized Lockwood’s
contributions to the genre. Recently, Lockwood has amassed so many
that it is not possible to list all of them. The most notable are:
1980 Lockwood received the very first W.C. Handy Award for “best
traditional blues album”
1989 Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
1995 Received National Heritage Fellowship Award, presented by
1996 Cleveland Mayor, Michael White, proclaims February 3, as
“Robert Lockwood Day”
1997 Has street named “Robert Lockwood, Jr. Way” in Cleveland’s Flat
1998 Inducted into Delta Blues Hall of Fame in Cleveland,
2001 Received Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Case Western
Reserve in Cleveland
2001 Received W.C. Handy for “best traditional blues album,” Delta
2001 City of Pittsburgh named 8/18 “Robert Lockwood, Jr. Day”
2002 Received honorary Degree of "Doctor of Music" from Cleveland
State University on May 12
The live recording
Legend Live was released in 2004. Not content to rest on
his laurels, Lockwood kept touring in his latter year, roaming the
world playing his jazz-tinted Delta Blues. Biography courtesy of