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PASSINGS: Phillip Walker, Robert M. Jaffe, Denise Jefferson, Mac Foster, Kaye Cowher
PASSINGS: Phillip Walker, Robert M. Jaffe, Denise Jefferson, Mac Foster, Kaye Cowher

Phillip WalkerBlues guitarist and singerPhillip Walker, 73, a blues guitarist and singer who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson, died of heart failure Thursday in Palm Springs, said Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records.Walker performed for more than 50 years, recording many solo albums and touring with zydeco legend Clifton Chenier for two years.Walker was born in Welsh, La., on Feb. 11, 1937, and grew up in Port Arthur, Texas.In 1959, he moved to California, where he earned a reputation as one of the region's top guitarists. He also joined Little Richard's band for a brief time.Over the last decade, Walker continued to record albums and tour,...

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