This is a monumental loss to the blues. I knew Slim well in Chicago, and was around him a lot in the '80s. I worked with him at Florence's, and booked him at the Wise Fools Pub. I knew is brother Nick, his bass player at the time, as well. It was an honor to stand next to the big man on the bandstand. Lefty Dizz and Magic Slim, both born in 1937, had a special kinship, and were good buddies. Now, all three of the most important musicians that I worked with - Lefty, Slim and Valerie Wellington - are all gone, but will never be forgotten. There must be one houserockin' jam session going on in blues heaven right now. My sympathy and condolences go out to the Holt family, his friends and fans, as well as the many who knew and loved Magic Slim around the world. I'm feelin' very blue this morning.