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Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks dies at 83

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/3/2017
Lonnie Brooks performs for fellow blues artist Buddy Guy at a 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Send Off Celebration held in Guy's honor at the Pritzker Pavilion stage on November 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Guy will be recognized with Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 2. © Scott Olson Lonnie Brooks performs for fellow blues artist Buddy Guy at a 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Send Off Celebration held in Guy's honor at the Pritzker Pavilion stage on November 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Guy will be recognized with Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 2.

Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted home was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," has died at age 83.

His son Ronnie Baker Brooks, who toured with his father for years, confirmed the celebrated guitar player died on Saturday night in Chicago. Born Lee Baker Jr. in Louisiana, he came to Chicago more than 50 years ago and changed his name to Lonnie Brooks. He recorded a number of albums for Chicago-based Alligator Records' "Living Chicago Blues" series including classics such as "Bayou Lightning," ''Hot Shot," and "Lone Star Shootout." He appeared in Dan Aykroyd's flim "Blues Brothers 2000."

He was well known to Blues fans around the world for his intense, unhurried guitar solos and his raspy, but strong voice.

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