S.P. Leary; Blues Drummer for Howlin’ Wolf
S.P. Leary, 67, blues drummer for such stars as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Born in Carthage, Texas, Leary began playing drums when he was 14. He toured with T-Bone Walker in the mid-1940s before moving on to the Chicago blues scene. He performed on many of Howlin’ Wolf’s most famous recordings with Chicago-based Chess Records, including “Howling for My Darling,” “I’ve Been Abused” and “I’m Leaving You.” He backed Muddy Waters on “The Same Thing” and “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had.” Leary was inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. On Monday in Chicago of cancer.