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Eddie Kirkland: the Blues legend got killed in car crash. Rest in peace!

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Februaru 27th one of the great living Blues musicians left earth! Known as  the “Gypsy of the Blues”, Eddie Kirkland, an 88-year-old blues legend was killed in Florida when his car turned into the path of a Greyhound bus.

Born in Jamaica, grew up in Alabama, Kirkland eventually moved via Indiana to Detroit. He toured for 7 1/2 years with John Lee Hooker, became a bandleader for Otis Redding and performed with artists, such as Little Richard, Ben King, Ruth Brown and Little Johnnie Taylor.  Eddie Kirkland was not only a great bluesman, but a folk legend.

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