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October 9, 1935 – August 4, 2012
Today, I learned that one of my favorite blues guitarists, Johnnie Bassett, passed away on August 4.  After a long and storied career, the past two decades saw his career enjoy a second wind as his name became acclaimed in international blues circles.  He became known as "Detroit's Gentleman of the Blues", with a playing style that fit the moniker.  "This is
one of those artists where everything just came together — jazz, soul, blues, R&B," said publicist Matt Lee. "We'll never see his like again."  His last album, I Can Make That Happen, was released on June 19, 2012.  RIP, Mr. Bassett, and thank you for the great music you shared with us.
 


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