Delta-born blues guitarist Magic Slim dead at 75

February 22, 2013

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Magic Slim, a younger contemporary of blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf who helped shape the sound of Chicago’s electric blues, died Thursday. He was 75.

Morris Holt, aka Magic Slim, learned how to play blues guitar from Grenada's Magic Sam.

Morris Holt, aka Magic Slim, learned how to play blues guitar from Grenada’s Magic Sam.

He died shortly after midnight Thursday at a Philadelphia, Pa., hospital, said his manager, Marty Salzman, the Huffington Post news blog reports.The musician had health problems that worsened while he was on tour several weeks ago in Pennsylvania, Salzman said.

Magic Slim and his backing band, the Teardrops, performed a no-holds-barred brand of Chicago-style electric blues, led by his singing and guitar playing, and were regulars on the music festival circuit.

Slim’s given name was Morris Holt. The Mississippi native established himself in Chicago’s thriving blues community in the 1960s, but more recently lived in Lincoln, Neb.

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