Bruce Hampton

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Bruce Hampton
Bruce Hampton.jpg
Bruce Hampton in 2008, Blacksburg, VA Photo: Roger Gupta
Background information
Birth nameGustav Valentine Berglund III
BornApril 30, 1947
Knoxville, Tennessee
DiedMay 1, 2017(2017-05-01) (aged 70)
Atlanta, Georgia
GenresRock, fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
Years active1960s–2017
LabelsBrato Ganibe, Capricorn, Columbia
Associated actsHampton Grease Band
Late Bronze Age
New Ice Age
Aquarium Rescue Unit
The Fiji Mariners
The Quark Alliance
The Codetalkers
The Pharaoh Gummitt
The Madrid Express

Bruce Hampton (born Gustav Valentine Berglund III; April 30, 1947 – May 1, 2017) was an American musician.[1]

Career[change | change source]

In the late 1960s he was a founding member of Atlanta, Georgia's avant-garde Hampton Grease Band.[2] Adopting the moniker Colonel Hampton B. Coles, Retired or alternatively Col. Bruce Hampton Ret., and sometimes playing a sort of dwarf guitar called a "chazoid",[3][4] he later formed several other bands. Some of those band names include The Late Bronze Age, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Fiji Mariners, The Codetalkers, The Quark Alliance, Pharaoh Gummitt, and Madrid Express.[5][6]

Death[change | change source]

On May 1, 2017, Hampton was being honored with a concert featuring his friends at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia for his 70th birthday when he collapsed on-stage of a heart attack during an encore performance of "Turn on Your Lovelight." As a result, Hampton lay slumped over an amplifier on the edge of the stage for several minutes before he was taken offstage for medical attention; because people thought he was joking.[7] He died shortly thereafter at Emory University Hospital Midtown.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Palmer, Robert. Recordings; POP ECCENTRICS REVISITED, New York Times, 21 June 1981. Retrieved on 03 March 2015.
  2. Jarnow, Jesse. Yes- And’ing From Here to Zambiland: A Surreal Conversation with Col. Bruce Hampton (ret.),, 20 August 2001. Retrieved on 03 March 2015.
  3. Freeman, Scott. Col. Bruce to the Rescue, Creative Loafing, 31 January 2007. Retrieved on 03 March 2015.
  4. Paul, Alan. Col. Bruce Hampton and the ARU: An Appreciation,, 05 June 2014. Retrieved on 03 March 2015./
  5. "Col. Bruce Hampton | Discography", Allmusic, Retrieved on 03 March 2015.
  6. Marshall, Alli. Smart bets: Col. Bruce Hampton and The Madrid Express, Mountain Xpress, 13 January 2015. Retrieved on 03 March 2015.
  7. Hillman, Matt (2 May 2017). "Col. Bruce Hampton Passes Away At His Birthday Party". MUSICFESTNEWS.
  8. Ruggieri, Mellisa. "Col. Bruce Hampton dies hours after 70th birthday concert in Atlanta | Atlanta Music Scene with Melissa Ruggieri". Music Fest News. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

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