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Joe Sample dies at 75; jazz-funk keyboardist founded the Crusaders
Joe Sample dies at 75; jazz-funk keyboardist founded the Crusaders

Joe Sample, a soft-spoken keyboard player and composer whose blending of funk, blues, jazz, gospel and the Zydeco music of his childhood lent a distinctive sound to his well-known group, the Crusaders, has died. He was 75. Sample died Friday at a Houston hospital of lung cancer, his manager, Patrick Rains, told the Associated Press. The musician had struggled with serious health problems over the years, suffering two heart attacks and a lengthy bout with Epstein-Barr virus, a condition that results in crippling fatigue. Even so, he took his recently formed Creole Joe Band on tour last year and was planning a musical based on the life of Henriette DeLille, founder of an African American...

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