Clarence 'Blowfly' Reid Dead At 76 (Top Story)

On Thursday Clarence 'Blowfly' Reid Dead At 76 was a top story. Here is the recap: (The Blues) R&B singer and songwriter Clarence 'Blowfly' Reid has died aged 76. The Miami performer, whose work has been sampled by artists including Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Shadow and Eazy-E, died from liver cancer at a Florida hospice this week.

Reid's drummer and long-time collaborator Tom Bowker announced on Facebook that Blowfly had been diagnosed with the illness on January 12. Bowker later released a statement to the Detroit Metro Times which reads: "While most performers sit on their laurels in their later years, Clarence constantly wrote new material and grinded tour dates like a 20-year-old.

"He treated gigs at Halloween house parties in suburban California the same as arena gigs in Germany and massive Australian festivals. He never refused an autograph, or an opportunity to tell a dirty joke. He was a once-in-a-century talent, and it was an honour to reintroduce him to the world these past 12 years."

Reid's latest album 77 Rusty Trombones will be released on February 19 - but his label Saustex have made his last recording available to stream in his honour.

Reid released his first album, The Weird Wild World Of Blowfly, in 1971 - famously wearing a mask to protect his reputation as a label songwriter. He went on to release another 25 albums under his persona, including Blowfly's Party in 1980, Fahrenheit 69 and Blowfly's Punk Rock Party in 2006. Read more - here.

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