Death comes for a musician who lived the blues


Legendary ups, downs buffeted Willie Robinson

By Noah Bierman and Alex I. Oster Globe Correspondent / December 31, 2007

Weepin’ Willie Robinson smoked his last cigarette in bed yesterday morning at a Jamaica Plain rest home. The cigarette sparked a fire that ended the legendary blues man’s rich and textured life.

Robinson, 81, had been a sharecropper, an Army veteran, a friend of famous entertainers like B.B. King. He had been homeless and then was rediscovered as a treasure who played with the likes of Susan Tedeschi, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and Bonnie Raitt and won local music honors. Even when he was homeless on the street, too tired to stand, or losing his memory, Robinson never stopped performing.

“He was truly the elder statesman of the [Boston] blues. He was our godfather. He was the most dear man,” said Holly Harris, host of “Blues on Sunday” on WBOS radio.

When he sang, “you knew he meant it because he had passion,” Harris said.

The remainder of this Obituary can be found here.

Published in: on January 1, 2008 at 12:45 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. its a very sad news
    i relly not familliar with him
    what i can say that even his gone his music will still be alive in the hearts of all his fans and music admirers
    and i will never forget this MWF sched of you
    and nice change of background

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