Reuters: Luther Allison

Curtis Hewston curtis@MAGICNET.NET
Wed Jul 16 18:12:24 EDT 1997


The following came across the wire a few hours ago:

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Wednesday July 16 1:59 PM EDT

Bluesman Luther Allison Diagnosed With Inoperable Lung Cancer

CHICAGO (Reuter) - Paris-based blues guitarist and singer Luther Allison,
57, has been stricken with inoperable lung cancer, his record label said
Wednesday.

Allison was diagnosed July 10 after suffering dizziness and loss of
coordination during a recent concert tour, and was in a Madison, Wis.,
hospital. Doctors found the lung cancer had spread to his brain.

"We are deeply saddened that on July 10 Luther Allison was diagnosed with
lung cancer and metastatic brain tumors. He is undergoing treatment and is
looking forward to returning to the stage as soon as he is in remission," a
statement from Allison's family and management said.

Allison quit smoking several years ago, and enjoys playing tennis and
fishing, a spokesman said.

He was promoting "Reckless," his third album for Alligator Records, after
recording three albums for a Motown Records subsidiary in the 1970s. His
first record, "Love Me Mama," was recorded on the Delmark label in 1969.

Born in Widener, Ark., Allison developed his hard-driving brand of blues in
Chicago's clubs and came to prominence in the late 1960s at blues festivals.

Frustrated by a slide in blues' popularity amid the rise of rock 'n' roll
and his own stalled career, Allison moved to Paris in the early 1980s and
continued to draw large concert audiences across Europe.

Reuters/Variety


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