obits 2018

Otis Rush

Blues musician Otis Rush was as noted for his guitar prowess as his vocal stylings. Credited as one of the architects of the West Side style of Chicago Blues, Rush's guitar solos would later inspire legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rush was also the inspiration for one of Lester Bangs's last great pieces of writing:“Otis Rush Mugged By An Iceberg,”which is required reading in Jim's college courses. Greg says his earliest recorded work, a series of singles in the late 1950's for the Cobra record label in Chicago, would have been enough to cement his legacy as a legendary guitarist. Despite being a world-famous musician, Rush worked blue collar jobs to earn a living for many years. He died September 29, 2018 at 84 years old.

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