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Terry Callier dies at 67; vocalist, musician
Terry Callier dies at 67; vocalist, musician

Terry Callier, a singer-songwriter who captivated a cult following with his quietly hypnotic baritone voice and hard-to-classify music that combined elements of folk, blues and jazz, died of cancer Oct. 27 at a hospital in Chicago. He was 67. Callier never achieved tremendous commercial success during his peak in the 1960s and '70s or in a 1990s comeback flash. But the imploring, incantatory quality of his vocals distinguished him from his peers, as did his knack for mixing elements of African chant, blues melody, jazz improvisation and folk instrumentation. Born in Chicago on May 24, 1945, Callier was signed to Chess Records before he had graduated from high school. His first...

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