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PASSINGS: Magic Slim, Cleotha Staples, Lou Myers, Donald Rutledge

PASSINGS: Magic Slim, Cleotha Staples, Lou Myers, Donald Rutledge

Magic Slim

Singer of Chicago blues

Magic Slim, 75, whose ragged voice and punchy guitar riffs made him a symbol of Chicago blues, died Thursday in Philadelphia after surgery for a bleeding ulcer, according to his family.

A younger contemporary of blues icons Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, Slim and his backup band, the Teardrops, were known for a no-holds-barred style of Chicago electric blues.

"If you were going to take somebody who'd never seen blues to one of their shows, it would be like putting them in a time machine and putting them in 1962. No frills, no rock 'n' roll. It was just straight-ahead, real-deal blues,"...

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