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May 28, 2015

B.B. King\’s daughters allege blues musician was poisoned

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

B.B. King in 2006.
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Two daughters of blues legend B.B. King are claiming on Monday that he was poisoned by business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson. The allegations were made by daughters Karen Williams and Patty King in affidavits provided by their lawyer to the Associated Press.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” Williams and King said in identically worded sections of the affidavits. “I believe my father was murdered.”

Williams and King also allege that family members were prevented from visiting their father prior to his death. The lawyer for King’s estate says the claims are ridiculous.

“I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations,” lawyer Brent Bryson said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Bryson says that King was appropriately cared for by medical professionals up until his death on May 14 in Las Vegas.

An autopsy of B.B. King’s body was carried out on Sunday by the Clark County, Nevada coroner’s office. The coroner’s office said on Twitter that it would be a minimum of six to eight weeks before results of the autopsy are finalised.

The Las Vegas Police department said that a potential homicide investigation into the death of the blues legend will depend on autopsy findings.



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May 15, 2015

Blues musician B.B. King dies aged 89

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B.B. King in 2009
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B.B. King, legendary blues guitarist well known for tracks such as “Rock Me Baby“, “My Lucille“, and “The Thrill Is Gone“, died in his Las Vegas home yesterday at the age of 89.

Attorney Brent Bryson said King died in his sleep.

A 15-time Grammy winner, with over 50 albums released, King played live for nearly 70 years. He had reportedly collapsed at a Chicago performance back in October, and blamed dehydration and exhaustion for the incident. King recently was under hospice care at home, after being treated for diabetes and high blood pressure in hospital. The last public statement B.B King made, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, was early this month. He said, “I am in hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”

Known for playing the blues on his Gibson guitar called Lucille, B.B King was admired by many musicians, including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Otis Rush. The Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both inducted him in the 1980s; and the Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized him with a lifetime achievement award in 1990. King also collaborated with other music artists and bands. In 1989 he played with U2 on their track “When Love Comes to Town“, and in the millennium, worked with Eric Clapton on “Riding with the King“; which received a Grammy that same year.

Riley B King, who would eventually be called the King of Blues, grew up in Mississippi where he lived on a plantation as a sharecropper. He found success in the 50’s with hit track “Three O’Clock Blues“, and was well-known for not singing and playing guitar at the same time; a call and response between his vocals and his Lucille.

With the news of his death, many musicians payed their respects through Twitter. Guitarist Richie Sambora wrote, “My friend and legend BB King passed. I’m so so sad, he was so great to me. We’ve lost the King. My love and prayers to his family.” The BeatlesRingo Starr also wrote, “God bless BB King, peace and love to his family”.



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December 16, 2014

Chantel McGregor: Live at Edinburgh\’s \’The Caves\’

Chantel McGregor: Live at Edinburgh’s ‘The Caves’

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Edinburgh, Scotland — Sunday saw Chantel McGregor, voted Best Blues Guitarist at the British Blues Awards, headlining in The Caves. Wikinewsie Brian McNeil took along his camera to capture this remarkable young Yorkshire musician playing live. The previous evening saw her playing in Glasgow, with the current tour hitting Morecambe yesterday, Bristol‘s The Tunnels on Wednesday, and Derby on Thursday.

Supporting Chantel were local, self-styled “Rootsy/Country/Soul” three-piece The Rising Souls. Despite The Caves — which local lore claims is haunted — being buried in the city’s Cowgate, their percussionist was playing a Cajón; often-seen in the city as musicians try to avoid running foul of the City of Edinburgh Council‘s licensing board, and risking venues being closed down over as-little as a single noise complaint.

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Chantel McGregor on guitar, Keith McPartling on drums, and Richard Ritchie on bass.
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Local support act, The Rising Souls
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The crowd were quiet throughout, with one notable exception, paying more-attention to the musicianship than dancing.
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The Rising Souls; from left to right: Tom on cajón, Dave on lead vocals and guitar, and Kelso on bass.
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Dave and Tom, taking full advantage of the venue’s acoustics.
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Dave and Tom, taking full advantage of the venue’s acoustics.
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Despite the cold, the crowd soon warmed to support act The Rising Souls.
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Despite the cold, the crowd soon warmed to support act, The Rising Souls.
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The woman everyone had come to see: Chantel McGregor.
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Although — initially — reacting nervously to an over-enthusiastic inebriated fan, Chantel played a stunning set.
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Drummer, Keith McParting, gives the fan at the front a hard stare.
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The woman everyone had come to see: Chantel McGregor.
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Chantel McGregor on guitar, Keith McPartling on drums, and Richard Ritchie on bass.
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Drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Chantel McGregor on guitar, Keith McPartling on drums, and Richard Ritchie on bass.
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Chantel, making her Fender Stratocaster cry.
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Cold? Richard Ritchie seemed to think so; wearing a fingerless glove on his picking hand.
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With her long mane of blonde hair, Chantel is an impressive sight on-stage.
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With her long mane of blonde hair, Chantel is an impressive sight on-stage.
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The set was a mix of well-known covers, and numerous of Chantel McGregor‘s own compositions.
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As the performance progressed, the crowd moved closer to the stage.
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The Caves proved an intimate venue for Chantel‘s brand of blues playing.
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Chantel’s band played-off each-other particularly-well.
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Chantel playing her white Gibson Les Paul.
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Chantel’s band played-off each-other particularly-well.
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Chantel with drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Chantel with drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Chantel with drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Drummer Keith McPartling and bassist Richard Ritchie.
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View from the floor, literally.
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View from the floor, literally.
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View from the floor, literally.
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From the balcony in The Caves, you’ve a perfect view of the stage.
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Unlike other venues Wikinews’ photographer has visited, the acoustics of The Caves still give a great sound upstairs.
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Upstairs in The Caves, looking down onto the stage.
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March 22, 2011

Blues musician Pinetop Perkins dies at age 97

Blues musician Pinetop Perkins dies at age 97

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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American blues musician Pinetop Perkins, a first generation Delta bluesman, died in Austin, Texas, on Monday at the age of 97. His death was announced by his agent, Hugh Southard. Perkins suffered from a cardiac arrest as he took a nap and paramedics failed resuscitate him. During his 80-year career Perkins remained active until the end, even performing publicly as recently as last month.

A boogie-woogie piano player, he was a guitarist until a knife fight damaged his left arm. He was primarily a sideman. Throughout his career he worked with several big names including Sonny Boy Williamson, Ike Turner and slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk. He worked for Muddy Waters for more than a decade, including playing on Muddy’s great comeback albums of the late 1970s. He was 75 before an album was released under his own name.

Perkins also made history this year by becoming the oldest Grammy award winner. He won the best traditional blues album at February’s ceremony for his album, Joined at the Hip: Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.

Tributes have been paid to Perkins. Southard said “That drive to keep playing the blues kept is what kept him alive.” He also commented on Perkins simple lifestyle saying “Two cheeseburgers, apple pie, a cigarette and a pretty girl was all he wanted.”

Perkins was born in in 1913 in Mississippi and grew up on a plantation there. In a 2008 interview in No Depression he said, “I grew up hard. I picked cotton and plowed with the mule and fixed the cars and played with the guitar and the piano. What I learned I learned on my own. I didn’t have much school. Three years.”

He left behind no family and will be buried in his hometown of Belzoni, Mississippi. He had been living with an associate in Austin since 2004.



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December 18, 2010

Don Van Vliet, best known as \’Captain Beefheart\’, dies aged 69

Don Van Vliet, best known as ‘Captain Beefheart’, dies aged 69

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

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US avant-garde musician and painter Don Van Vliet — better known by the stage name Captain Beefheart — died Friday aged 69. New York’s Michael Werner Gallery confirmed the cause of death as complications with multiple sclerosis, a condition Van Vliet suffered from for many years.

Born in Glendale, California on January 15, 1941, the highly experimental musician created several unique and influential albums from 1967 through to 1982, backed by a frequently changing group of musicians known as The Magic Band. His most famous album, Trout Mask Replica (1969) melded free jazz, blues-rock, and avant-garde styles to create a critically acclaimed (albeit commercially unsuccessful) work. He retired from music in 1982 to focus on painting.

Whilst none of the albums released by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, including 1967 debut album Safe as Milk, were commercially successful, his work is regularly cited as highly influential. Groups such as The Sex Pistols, Jethro Tull, Hawkwind, and Roxy Music all mention Beefheart as influencing their music.

A childhood friend of Frank Zappa, Beefheart was christened Don Glen Viet, later changing this; and, adopting the stage name of Captain Beefheart at Zappa’s suggestion. Of the dozen albums produced under various lineups of the Magic Band, Trout Mask Replica is placed at number 58 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Despite no formal training, it was under his own name and as a painter, that Van Vliet experienced his greatest commercial success. His first exhibition was in Liverpool, in 1972. In the wake of this he was advised that as a painter he would be unlikely to be taken seriously unless he abandoned his musical career.

He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Jan Van Vliet.

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August 14, 2009

Guitarist Les Paul dies at 94

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Les Paul, the American jazz guitarist whose eponymous electric guitar remains one of the most popular and influential designs of musical instrument in modern history, has died at the age of 94 of complications from pneumonia.

Born Lester William Polfuss in 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States, Les Paul was establishing himself as a jazz musician in Chicago when in 1939 he built “The Log”, reputed to be the first solid-body “Spanish-style” electric guitar ever made. Discussions with Gibson Guitars led to the development of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, which with its unprecedented tonal properties (caused in part by its unprecedented weight) quickly established itself among players of both the emerging rock & roll style of music and the developing electric blues.

A 2005 reissue of the 1958 Gibson Les Paul
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Paul was also a pioneer of recording techniques. Paul’s experiments with multi-tracking in the 1940s led to a string of chart successes with songs like “How High The Moon”, in which Paul’s guitar work and then-wife Mary Ford’s vocals appeared a novel many-layered setting, Paul playing up to eight guitar parts and Ford harmonizing with herself.

Although Paul entered semi-retirement in his 50s, he remained active and performing almost until his death; his last album was released in 2006. Les Paul received a number of accolades throughout his career: he was the recipient of numerous Grammy awards, an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the namesake of the Mix Foundation’s Les Paul Award for “individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio technology.” He was also the subject of two biographical films.

While Les Paul had no children, he is survived by a godson, the guitarist Steve Miller.



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June 2, 2008

American musician Bo Diddley dies at age 79

American musician Bo Diddley dies at age 79

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Bo Diddley in 2005.
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Bo Diddley, influential American blues/rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist has died today at his home in Archer, Florida from heart failure. He was 79 years old.

He was born Ellas Otha Bates on December 30, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, USA. He rose to fame in 1955. His hits included “Pretty Thing”, “Say Man” and “You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover”. He also appeared as an opening act for The Clash and as a guest of The Rolling Stones. On March 25, 1972, he played with The Grateful Dead at the Academy of Music in New York City.

Diddley is survived by Tammi Deanne and Terri Lynne McDaniel, his daughters.



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March 3, 2008

Canadian musician Jeff Healey dies of cancer

Canadian musician Jeff Healey dies of cancer

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Jeff Healey playing with his Jazz Wizards Band in Peterborough, Ontario on September 8, 2007.

Musician Jeff Healey, 41, has died in Toronto, Canada from cancer, it was announced Sunday. Healey is internationally known for his 1988 album See the Light and for his appearance the following year in the movie Road House with Patrick Swayze. His hits included Angel Eyes.

He was born Norman Jeffery Healey on March 25, 1966 in Toronto. At the age of 1, he was blinded from retinoblastoma, but still learned how to play the guitar by positioning the instrument on his lap.

Healey was host of various Canadian radio programs in recent years and was set to release a new blues-rock album within weeks. He is survived by his wife and two children, 13-year-old Rachel and 3-year-old Derek.



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September 14, 2005

Camel Rock Festival held in Scilly

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The August Bank Holiday weekend, as usual, played host to many festivals and musical events around the UK, not least the Camel Rock Festival held at Porthcressa on the Isles of Scilly. But will it be the last?

Local bands included those formed at the Five Islands’ School, the members of the Steamband under the temporary name Senile Shambles and the rhythm and blues band, Roadrunner. Bands imported from mainland England included Murdoch, from Manchester.

The event, deemed ‘unique’ in the local press, raises money for local musical projects on the islands. It’s future is, as always, in doubt due to the amount of work for organisers and volunteers, especially for the clean-up operation. Organiser Paul Lewis hopes that the event will return next year as long as there are still volunteers.

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September 13, 2005

R&B singer D’Angelo sentenced on cocaine charge

R&B singer D’Angelo sentenced on cocaine charge

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005 Rhythm and blues artist D’Angelo was able to walk out of Judge William R. Shelton’s Chesterfield County courthouse in Virginia on Monday after being given a 3-year suspended sentence for possession of cocaine.

D’Angelo, also known as Michael Eugene Archer, 31, pleaded no contest to the charge. The appearance in court, by the now heavier-set Archer who was once known for his trim physique, was the result of a traffic stop for driving 61 mph in a 45 zone. In connection with the incident, he was also charged with driving while intoxicated (DUI), and possession of marijuana and cocaine.

Archer avoided jail time for all charges in the incident. In April, his driving privileges were suspended for one year, and he received a 90-day suspended sentence, plus a $250 fine, for the DUI conviction. On the marijuana charge, he received a $50 fine and 10-day suspended sentence.

At the time of his arrest, traces of cocaine were found on a folded dollar bill.

D’Angelo received Grammy awards for “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance” and ”Best R&B Album” in 2001.

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