On September 29, 2018, Otis Rush died aged 84. He was singer, guitarist and songwriter, together with Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, regarded as creator of the West Side Chicago blues style. In 1984, Rush was elected to the “Blues Hall of Fame”; in 2015, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked him at number 53 on its list of “100 Greatest Guitarists”; in 2018, “Jazz Foundation of America” honored Rush with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Rush influenced many musicians, including Peter Green, Michael Bloomfield and Eric Clapton.
On January 20, 2012, Jamesetta Hawkins aka Etta James died aged 73. She was singer with powerful voice, performing blues, R&B, soul, jazz and gospel music She won six “Grammy Awards” and 17 “Blues Music Awards”; In 1993, she was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1999 she was inducted in “Grammy Hall of Fame”, and in 2011 in the “Blues Hall of Fame”. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Etta James at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.
On June 3, 2009, Cora Walton aka Koko Taylor died aged 80. She was blues singer, known by powerful and rough vocal, performing rhythm and blues, Chicago Blues and blues. Often called “The Queen of Blues”, for her work she received number of awards including:
- In 1985, Grammy Awardfor Best Traditional Blues Album
- In 1996, Howlin’ Wolf Award
- In 1997, inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame
- In 1999, Blues FoundationLifetime Achievement Award
- In 2004, NEA National Heritage Fellowship
- 24 times the Blues Music Award in the following categories:
- Female Artist
- Traditional Blues Female Artist
- Vocalist of the Year
- Contemporary Blues Female Artist
- Entertainer of the Year
On February 26, 1977, Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White died aged 67. Being one of the best known and most influential Delta blues guitarist and singers. “Bukka” White, was posthumously inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame” in 1990.On November 21, 2011, the “Recording Academy” announced that his song “Fixin’ to Die Blues” was to be added to its 2012 list of “Grammy Hall of Fame Award” recipients.
On June 23, 2013, Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland died aged 73. Being blues singer, Bland created his own recognizable sound, mixture of gospel, blues and R&B. Referred to as “lion of the blues” and “among the great storytellers of blues and soul music”, he was inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame” in 1981, the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1992, and received the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1997.
On May 4, 1987, Paul Vaughn Butterfield died aged 45. Being vocalist and harmonica player he performed with Nick Gravenites and Elvin Bishop, but he is best known as the frontman of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He gained international recognition after performing during the “Summer of Love” at “The Monterey Festival” and “Woodstock Festival”. In 2006, he was inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame” and in 2015, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.