Amidst all the others deaths this weekend, we lost a singer I'm only familiar with from rehab headlines, Amy Winehouse, at the age of 27. While I can't say I feel a personal loss, I do feel the sadness that comes with waste of talent, and loss of the gift some are able to share before they're gone. So I've put a blues session together here with some songs from my own past, featuring a few of the many who left us early for reasons related to the musical lifestyle.
First, Paul Butterfield, front man and harp solo for his Blues Band, played Chicago Blues in first a folk acoustic format, then electric. He died of peritonitis due to drug use and heavy drinking on May 4, 1987
Next, some classic slide guitar from Duane Allman, playing the old Robert Johnson tune here with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends. While Duane, often called Skydog, was pretty well known for being high, he died in that other killer of musicians, a vehicle crash. In 1971 a peach truck stopped suddenly in front of his Harley, and the resulting collision took him out. He was 24:
Lowell George next, doing Fat Man In the Bathtub(with the blues) Lots of the reasons he died young are in the lyrics here. George died of an accidental drug overdose in 1979 at the age of 34:
I'll close out with a song Amy Winehouse probably never heard but possibly might have been able to relate to, Ain't No Good Life, Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the gifted Steve Gaines on a rare lead vocal as well as lead guitar. Steve was from Miami, Oklahoma (pronounced, My-am-ah) and died in the same plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant and several others in 1977. He was 28.
"I'm gonna get myself together/ yeah gonna try or die in the attempt..."