Chicago Blues guitarist Magic Slim dies at 75

By Daniel S Levine,

Chicago Blues guitarist Magic Slim has died at age 75.

Slim was a contemporary of legends like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters and frequently performed at music festivals, bringing authentic Chicago Blues to the audience.

According to Reuters, his manager, Marty Salzman, said that he died at a Philadelphia hospital after being treated for several illnesses. He suffered from emphysema and had been forced to cancel tour dates last month because of his ailing health.

The Associated Press notes that Slim was born Morris Holt in Mississippi. He moved to Chicago in 1955 and began recording in 1966 with Born Under A Bad Sign. He never stopped performing and in 2003, he and his group the Teardrops won the Blues Music Award. They recorded an album last year called Bad Boy that featured covers.

“There's probably not another bluesman who had quite the repertoire that Slim had,” Salzman told Reuters, referring to Slim’s 30 albums and his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre. “Chicago was always like home to him.”

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