Otis Rush, Chicago blues singer and guitarist who influenced musicians like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and bands like Led Zeppelin, has passed away at 84. His manager confirmed the death was due to the long-term complications of a 2003 stroke.
Compared to artists like B.B. King and Muddy Waters Rush was not as well known outside the blues community. Nonetheless, many consider Rush as influential in shaping the style of the great 1960s rock guitarists as those other luminaries. Led Zeppelin covered one of his major hits–his adaptation of Willie Dixon’s ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’.
Rush was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984, and won a Grammy in 1999 for his final album “Any Place I’m Going.” He is survived by his wife, Masaki Rush, eight children, and numerous grandchildren.