Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada – British blues legend
John Baldry died January 12, in Canada, at Vancouver General Hospital. He was
64. Long John had been suffering from a severe chest infection. He was admitted
to the intensive care unit of Vancouver General in April after returning from a
trip to Great Britain.
Long John Baldry was the definitive British Blues legend. Nicknamed ‘Long John’
because of his nearly two meters height (six-foot, seven-inches), he’s credited
to have been one of the main forces in British Blues in the 1960’s. Since 1964
Long John released over 40 albums, exploring a variety of musical styles, but
always returning to his Blues roots.Long John performed and recorded with many of Rock n’ Roll’s most famous
artists. Their names, (as is his) are footnotes in the history of Blues, Rock & Pop music. The list of musicians who have played in Long John Baldry’s band read
like the membership roster of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Charlie Watts, Mick
Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Jimmy Paige, Jack Bruce, Rod Stewart and
Elton John, are among the far reaching musical tree Long John Baldry has claim
to. Undeniably, Long John was one of the founding fathers of British Rock n’
[Photo courtesy of Live Touring Artists].