On October 16, 1969, Lejzor Szmuel Czyż aka Leonard Chess died aged 52. He was a record company executive and the co-founder of Chess Records, home to John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, Jimmy Reed, and Sonny Boy Williamson. He was influential in the development of rock and roll, electric blues, and the Chicago blues scene.
On December 28, 1976, Freddie King died aged 42. Being guitarist and singer his music roots were from Chicago and Texas blues and he is often mentioned as one of “the Three Kings” of electric blues guitar along with Albert King and B.B. King. Freddie King was one of the first bluesmen to have a multi-racial backing band at live performances. His biggest successes were singles “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” (1960) and “Hide Away” (1961).King inspired many famous musicians including Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia,Peter Green, Dickey Betts and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 2012 Freddie King was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
On March 16, 1975, Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker died aged 64. Being guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist he was an influential pioneer and innovator of the jump blues and electric blues sound. In 2011 “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked him at number 67 on the list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.