I'm putting this up because I don't expect it will get the attention that, for example, the unfortunate passing of James Doohan, aka Star Trek's Scotty, will get. But for those of us of a certain age this one, too, seems like the end of an era.
Vancouver-based blues legend Long John Baldry has died after a four-month battle with a chest infection, his agent said Friday on the musician's website.
The 64-year-old musical giant was admitted to the intensive-care unit of a Vancouver hospital in April after returning from a trip to his native Britain with respiratory problems.
Baldry is credited as one of the main forces in British blues, rock and pop music in the 1960s and first hit the top of the U.K. singles charts in 1967 with Let the Heartaches Begin. He has released over 40 albums.
That article touches on Baldry's influence on other British rockers like Rod Stewart, Elton John and The Rolling Stones. Baldry's website is here and he was probably best known for Don't try to Lay no Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock'n'Roll.