postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: October 6-7, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 6-7, 2018

You may want to be glues to your TV set on Tuesday night if you’re an Aretha Franklin fan.  A huge line up of super stars will memorialized the late Queen on the American Music Awards.  Scheduled to perform are Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurken, and CeCe Winans will honor and pay tribute to the Queen. Gladys Knight said in a statement that, and I’m quoting here, “It’s a blessing to be a part of this moving musical tribute to honor our late queen and sister, Aretha. She was an icon and visionary, radiated light and love through all of her life’s work, and touched all of us through her incredible gift of music.” Gladys performed at Franklin’s homegoing service singing the song You’ll never walk alone.  Blackish Tracee  Ellis Ross will host the program, and it will air on ABC at 8 pm on Tuesday.  The Queen left us on August 16th….
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Chicago Blues man and the architect of the Chicago West Side Blues Sound made the transition on last Sunday, September 29th… Otis had been in ill health since suffering a stroke in 2003. His first big single was I Can’t Quit You Baby in 1956, which you are hearing in the background, and it reached the 6 spot on the Billboard R & B chart, became a blues standard, and was covered by many blues and rock artists.  The left handed guitar player was inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984, and this year was honored by the Jazz Foundation of America with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our condolences go out to the family of Otis Rush….Otis Rush, One of our Blues Legends has made the transition at 84.

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