Lonnie Brooks

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Lonnie Brooks
Lonnie Brooks, in 1975
Lonnie Brooks, in 1975
Background information
Birth nameLee Baker, Jr.
Born(1933-12-18)December 18, 1933
Dubuisson, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States
DiedApril 1, 2017(2017-04-01) (aged 83)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresChicago blues, electric blues
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar
Years active1953–2017
LabelsAlligator, Delmark, Evidence, Goldband, Capitol, Black & Blue, Black Top
Associated actsRonnie Baker Brooks, Wayne Baker Brooks, Eddy Clearwater

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017)[1] was an American blues singer and guitarist.

Influence[change | change source]

The Rolling Stone said that "His music is witty, soulful and ferociously energetic, brimming with novel harmonic turnarounds, committed vocals and simply astonishing guitar work."[2] New York Times, wrote, "He sings in a rowdy baritone, sliding and rasping in songs that celebrate lust, fulfilled and unfulfilled; his guitar solos are pointed and unhurried, with a tone that slices cleanly across the beat. Wearing a cowboy hat, he looks like the embodiment of a good-time bluesman."[3]

Death[change | change source]

Brooks died in Chicago, Illinois on April 1, 2017 from a short-illness, aged 83.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jevens, Darel (April 2, 2017). "Chicago Bluesman Lonnie Brooks Dies at 83". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  2. Palmer, Robert. Rolling Stone, May 31, 1979.
  3. Pareles, Jon. New York Times, March 16, 1992.