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It was music which had been brought up from the Mississippi delta by migrating post World War II Negroes and hardened and toughened and electrified and amplified to suit the dance halls and mean streets of Chicago, and it thrilled me to the very depths of my soul. To a dissolute white kid from the mean streets of a concrete housing estate, this music seemed tailored to echo the way that I felt - Fred McCormick on discovering The Best of Muddy Waters (on Pye International), in a world of Cliff Richard and Helen Shapiro

Author Topic: Kelly Joe Phelps RIP  (Read 237 times)

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Offline MarkC

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Kelly Joe Phelps RIP
« on: June 03, 2022, 06:52:33 AM »
Kelly Joe Phelps died on May 31st. He was only 62. I got to see him perform several times. RIP.

Here’s his version of Cypress Grove:



Online Blues Vintage

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Re: Kelly Joe Phelps RIP
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2022, 10:34:48 AM »
That's awful news. I know he struggled with depression for years. I don't know the cause of death though.
"Lead me on" is such a great record.

Offline Stuart

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Re: Kelly Joe Phelps RIP
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2022, 12:15:04 PM »
Sad news, indeed. Thanks for letting us know.

Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: Kelly Joe Phelps RIP
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2022, 01:55:24 AM »
I booked him some years ago to play in my home town. As well as the magnificent musician we all knew he was, he also proved to be a lovely man.

This is sad news indeed.
"I ain't good looking, teeth don't shine like pearls,
So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
Barbecue Bob

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