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Offline uncle bud

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Robert Lockwood Jr. has stroke
« on: November 09, 2006, 06:00:47 AM »

Stroke puts bluesman Lockwood in hospital

3:55 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7

By John Soeder
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic

Grammy Award-nominated bluesman Robert Lockwood Jr. had a stroke Friday and is recovering at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

The singer-guitarist, 91, was in stable condition Tuesday, said his wife, Mary.

Lockwood, a native of Turkey Scratch, Ark., took guitar lessons from legendary blues pioneer Robert Johnson. Lockwood has lived in Cleveland since 1960. A fixture on the local music scene, he has had a regular Wednesday night engagement at Fat Fish Blue. He performed there last week.

?He was playing good as ever,? said bassist Gene Schwartz, who has backed Lockwood since 1972.

Schwartz accompanied Lockwood to Europe in July to perform at blues festivals in England and Finland.

Branching out beyond the Mississippi Delta-style blues he learned from Johnson, Lockwood developed his own sound, embracing styles ranging from jump blues to jazz to funk.

After honing his chops on street corners and in juke joints, he became a musical mentor to B.B. King, who used to listen to Lockwood in the 1940s on the ?King Biscuit Time? radio show broadcast out of Helena, Ark.

Lockwood relocated to Chicago in the 1950s, where he was a sought-after session musician for Chess Records. He recorded with Little Walter, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes and other blues musicians.

As a solo artist, Lockwood has had a sporadic recording career. He earned Grammy nominations for a pair of albums: 1998?s ?I Got to Find Me a Woman? and 2000?s ?Delta Crossroads.?

He recently returned to the studio to appear on ?The Way Things Go,? the latest album by singer-guitarist Cleveland Fats, aka Mark Hahn.

Lockwood has won four W.C. Handy Awards from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, which inducted him into the Blues Hall of Fame. When he celebrated his 90th birthday in March 2005, the festivities included a sold-out tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

For Lockwood?s band, the show will go on in his honor at 8:30 Wednesday at Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., Cleveland. Admission is free.

Well-wishers may send cards to: Robert Lockwood Jr., 7203 Lawnview Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103.

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Re: Robert Lockwood Jr. has stroke
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2006, 12:06:43 PM »
Associated Press is reporting Lockwood has passed away.

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Re: Robert Lockwood Jr. has stroke
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2006, 01:43:31 PM »
Yes, very sad. He lived a long life. But they just aren't making them like him anymore. I hadn't gotten over Henry Townsend's passing yet. The blues world is vanishing.
The paper in Lockwood's adopted hometown has an especially nice obit:


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