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Cornell Dupree dies at 68; versatile guitarist

Cornell Dupree dies at 68; versatile guitarist

Cornell Dupree, a versatile guitarist whose long, productive career included performances and recordings with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Miles Davis and Lena Horne, died Sunday at his home in Fort Worth. Dupree, who had emphysema, was 68.

Often called "Mr. 2,500" as a reference to the number of recordings he participated in, occasionally as a leader but mostly as a first-call sideman, Dupree adapted easily to the changing demands of soul, R&B, pop, jazz and beyond during his nearly five-decade career.

Working in the studio, Dupree was renowned for his ability to add something uniquely unexpected to the music. Although his playing was rooted in...

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