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Long John Baldry död
Datum: 2005-07-23

Den brittiske blueslegenden Long John Baldry avled torsdagen 21 juli efter en tids sjukdom. Här är pressmeddelandet från Baldrys sista skivbolag, Stony Plain:

July 22, 2005 – Vancouver, BC – British R&B singer »Long John« Baldry, born John William Baldry, 64, passed away at the Vancouver General Hospital, in Vancouver, British Columbia last night (July 21) at 10:30 PM PST after fighting a chest infection for the past four months. He left behind two siblings Margaret and Roger, as well as long-time friend and partner Felix (»Oz«) Rexach.

Having begun his career playing folk and jazz in the late 50s, Baldry was one of the founding fathers of British Rock 'n' Roll in the 60s. British guitarist Eric Clapton has stated many times that he was inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing Baldry perform in the early 60s.

While appearing at the Cavern in Liverpool in the early '60s, Baldry became friends with Paul McCartney. For their internationally televised special »Around the Beatles« for Rediffusion in 1964, the Beatles invited Baldry to perform along with P.J. Proby, and Cilla Black.

Baldry performed with the influential British R&B bands Blues Incorporated, and Cyril Davies' R & B All Stars in the 60s. He later fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, which included Rod Stewart, who later joined Baldry in Steam Packet (also featuring keyboardist Brian Auger and singer Julie Driscoll).

After a brief period with Bluesology (with Elton John on keyboards), Baldry went solo and had a no. 1 UK hit with the fine ballad »Let The Heartaches Begin« in 1967. With production assistance from Rod Stewart and Elton John, Baldry recorded the album, It Ain't Easy for Warner Bros. featuring his signature song »Don't try to Lay no Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock n' Roll.«

After emigrating to Canada in the early 80s, Baldry recorded for EMI Music Canada, and since 1991 recorded five albums for Stony Plain Records in Edmonton, Alberta. Stony Plain is slated to re-release Baldry's Warner Bros. albums, It Ain't Easy and Everything Stops for Tea this Fall.

Since the early 90s, Baldry also was known in Canada for his extensive voice work in commercials. As well, he was used as the voice of Robotnik on the »Sonic The Hedgehog« computer game, and as narrator for Winnie the Pooh recordings for Walt Disney Records for which he was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998.

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