18.06.2015ArtistKnut Reiersrud

Blues & Soul Singer Mighty Sam McClain dies

On Tuesday morning, June 16, 2015 the Grammy nominated Blues & Soul singer Mighty Sam McClain died at the age of 72. Since the deaths of Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge and of McClain's great inspiration, Bobby “Blue” Bland, he was one of the last great R&B voices of the first generation. McClain was born on April 15, 1943 in Monroe (Louisiana) and started his career at the early age of 13 in the band of guitarist Little Melvin Underwood, he toured the world for over sixty years, and sadly in April 2015 Mighty Sam McClain suffered a stroke, the effects from which he never recovered. His artistic work in the last years was determined by the collaboration with Norwegian guitarist Knut Reiersrud with whom he recently recorded „Tears Of The World“. This last album will be released on ACT Music on July 24 and will remain a part of an impressive legacy. The Blues & Soul world has lost an outstanding artist: “Sam is – and by some margin – the best singer I have ever worked with. I have recorded with singers from all parts of the world, but a depth and an intensity like this, there's nobody else who gets there except him.” (Knut Reiersrud)

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