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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cornell Dupree RIP

From Bob Corritore

RIP Cornell Dupree - December 19, 1942 to May 8, 2011. Legendary guitarist Cornell Dupree had an understated blues oriented style that made him a popular session player, especially prominent in the 1960s and 70s. His memorable guitar introduction on Aretha Franklin's "Respect", or the sweeping chords supporting King Curtis' "Soul Serenade" are examples of his craftsmanship. He died on May 8th at his home in Fort Worth, Texas at age 68. Though well known as an R&B player who worked with Aretha, King Curtis, Wilson Pickett, Champion Jack Dupree, Stuff, and B.B. King, Dupree also crossed over into other styles, making recordings with Miles Davis, Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, Barbra Streisand, Laura Nyro, Bonnie Raitt, Grover Washington, Jr., Lena Horne, and Mariah Carey. In addition to all his session work behind other artists he also had numerous albums as a leader and was considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of his time. We say goodbye to this legend who left his indelible mark on the music world.

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