Monday, August 06, 2012

Bluesman Johnnie Bassett dies

Another bluesman has passed away - this time Detroit-based guitarist and singer Johnnie Bassett at the age of 76. Johnnie was well known as a session musician at Fortune records and also Chess, where he backed the Miracles on Got a Job. He was based in Seattle for several years backing major artists and released the album I Gave My Life For The Blues for the Dutch label Black Magic in 1996. I remember seeing him at the Blues Estafette in Utrecht in 1997 - a show that also featured Earl Gaines, the Cadillacs, Willie Clayton and Syl Johnson, among others. He released a further album The Gentleman is Back in 2009.


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