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"Simple music is the hardest to play," Albert Collins once said, "and blues is simple music." The death of a blues legend can leave us with a collective sense of loss and nostalgia for an era gone by. This memorial site was created to honor and remember blues musicians, singers, songwriters and others who have contributed to this truly American music.
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The Blues: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Arthur Smith

The kid from Kershaw, S.C. picked a guitar like his fingers were on fire. Hot licks flew from the instrument when Arthur Smith played – a wizard coaxing magic out of the strings. In 1945, he wrote and recorded a sizzling instrumental that eventually hit the charts worldwide. "Guitar Boogie" would go on to influence generations of musicians, including Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark. A young Paul McCartney played the Kershaw kid's boogie in a tryout for a Liverpool band that...
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