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Sunday, May 29, 2011

LV Banks RIP

  •  From Bob Corritore

    RIP L.V. Banks - October 28th, 1932 to May 2, 2011. Guitarist / vocalist L.V. Banks passed away of heart failure on the morning of May 2 at South Shore Hospital in Chicago. He was 79. L.V. was a wonderful musician and a popular club attraction on the South Side of Chicago. A solid guitarist and spectacular vocalist, his songs were firmly in the Chicago style and had a characteristic swagger about them. Born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1932, LV would move to St. Louis, enlist in the army, and by the early 1960s he landed in Chicago. Though very popular and respected around Chicago, he never made it to great stardom on a national level.  His fine music has been preserved by two wonderful CDs; Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear, and Ruby, both recorded in Chicago and released on the Wolf Record Label from Austria. His musical legacy is continued through the talents of his son Tre', who has emerged in recent years as a popular Chicago-based blues musician. To see a YouTube clip of LV Banks and Tre' performing a powerful version of "My Own Fault" click here.

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