Detroit Blues Man Johnnie Bassett Dies

Source: The Detroit News

Johnnie Bassett, the “gentleman of the blues,” died Saturday night, according to Chris Codish, his friend, keyboard player and producer. Bassett was 76 and had been battling cancer in recent weeks.

The singer/guitarist’s most recent album, “I Can Make That Happen,” had just been released by Mack Avenue Records’ Sly Dog Records in late June. It was his second release for Gretchen Valade’s label.

Bassett was a key figure in Detroit music, having come of age musically in the early ’50s, during the golden era of Detroit rhythm and blues.

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