Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Februaru 27th one of the great living Blues musicians left earth! Known as the “Gypsy of the Blues”, Eddie Kirkland, an 88-year-old blues legend was killed in Florida when his car turned into the path of a Greyhound bus.
Born in Jamaica, grew up in Alabama, Kirkland eventually moved via Indiana to Detroit. He toured for 7 1/2 years with John Lee Hooker, became a bandleader for Otis Redding and performed with artists, such as Little Richard, Ben King, Ruth Brown and Little Johnnie Taylor. Eddie Kirkland was not only a great bluesman, but a folk legend.
Rest in peace!