Legendary blues guitarist Guitar Shorty dies at 87

Guitar Shorty performs at the the sixth annual Big Blues Bender at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on September 08, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Guitar Shorty, a guitar legend credited with influencing scores of blues players – including a young Jimi Hendrix – has died at the age of 87, his representatives confirmed.

The guitarist – who toured with the likes of Ray Charles, Guitar Slim and Sam Cooke – died Wednesday (April 20) at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes, his record label, Alligator, said in a statement.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.