Sunday, September 11, 2005

You left me for one hundred dollars...


Just got word that Clarence Brown passed away yesterday; apparently he was in ill health already, but it sounds like the shock of having to evacuate Baton Rouge and move to Texas because of the hurricane was too much.

I like the way the AP obit ends, so matter of factly: Brown recorded with Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt and others, but he took a dim view of most musicians -- and blues guitarists in particular. He called B.B. King one-dimensional. He dismissed his famous Texas blues contemporaries Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland as clones of T-Bone Walker, whom many consider the father of modern Texas blues. ''All those guys always tried to sound like T-Bone,'' Brown said. Survivors include three daughters and a son.


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