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Col. Bruce Hampton, the Atlanta musician known as the "Granddaddy of the Jam Scene," died Tuesday, May 2, after collapsing during a concert in his honor. He turned 70 on April 30.
Hampton's musical reach began with the groundbreaking Hampton Grease Band (which also included Atlanta guitarist Glenn Phillips) and stretched to the idiosyncratic Aquarium Rescue Unit. In the 1990s, he was instrumental in shaping the H.O.R.D.E. tours with Popper.
A 1987 profile in The Atlanta Journal Constitution noted that the Hampton cultivated a reputation for outlandish and loud concerts. His Hampton Grease Band, the article said, "thoroughly terrorized the Atlanta music scene of the late '60s and early '70s," as the band once "played amplified chain saw, slung mayonnaise at its audiences."
Hampton was on stage at Atlanta's Fox Theatre when he collapsed and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. The concert was a celebration of his birthday and included performances by music celebrities Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, John Popper, Oliver Wood, Dave Schools and Chuck Leavell.
Read more about the life of musician Col. Bruce Hampton on ajc.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 2 to May 8, 2017
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