DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Otis Rush (aged 84)
Hall of Fame blues guitarist and singer, complications from a stroke.
Otis Rush (April 29, 1934 – September 29, 2018)was an American blues guitarist and singer. His distinctive guitar style featured a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. With qualities similar to the styles of Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and was an influence on many musicians, including Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.
Rush was left-handed and strummed with his left hand while fretting with his right. However, his guitars were strung with the low E string at the bottom, in reverse or upside-down to typical guitarists. He often played with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributed to his distinctive sound. He had a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice.
DEATH: Rush died on September 29, 2018, from complications of a stroke. His death was announced on his website by his wife Masaki.