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Blues Guitarist Long John Hunter Dead at 84

01/06/2016
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(The Blues) Texas electric blues guitarist Long John Hunter has died at the age of 84, his former record label have announced. Alligator Records say he'll be remembered for "single-note solos and melodic, drawling vocals" and that he leaves a legacy of seven solo albums and a number of successful singles.

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, a long-time fan, tells the El Paso Times: "He was El Paso and Juarez's gift to the blues. I fondly remember listening to his El Paso Rock when I was a kid. It didn't get more Texas border boogie than that."

Born John Thurman Hunter Jr in Arkansas in 1931, he moved to Texas two decades later and bought his first guitar after seeing B.B. King play. His first single, She Used To Be My Woman, was released in 1953, with his biggest success being 1961's El Paso Rock. Read more here.

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