|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1937|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 1997|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Blues Musician. As a teenager he formed the Dukes of Rhythm band in Houston, Texas, and early in his career played with Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Mama Thornton, and Freddie King. Toured extensively and appeared at the 1983 Long Beach Blues Festival, 1985 Montreaux Jazz Festival (with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble), and the 1988 San Francisco Blues Festival. He won the 1987 Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for "Showdown!" which was recorded with Robert Cray and Albert Collins. Other recordings include "Rock 'n' Roll Lilly," "Please Let Me Know," and Down on Bending Knees." His first album was entitled Copeland Special.
Obituary published in The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday, July 4, 1997:
"BLUES GUITARIST JOHNNY COPELAND DIES
Grammy and Handy award-winning blues guitarist Johnny Copeland died Thursday at a New York hospital. He was 60. Copeland died of complications from his eighth open heart surgery, which was performed last week. The surgery was to repair a valve in a transplanted heart. Known as the 'Texas Twister' for his distinctive style of playing, Copeland played the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival as well as the W. C. Handy Blues Awards at the Orpheum in May. Copeland's set at the Handy Awards was his first major performance since his heart transplant Jan. 1. Copeland won a Grammy in 1985 for best traditional blues recording for his collaboration with fellow blues guitarists Robert Cray and Albert Collins on the CD 'Showdown!' Through the years, Copeland won four Handy Awards. He also was honored by the French National Academy of Jazz and the Montreux Jazz Festival."
Paradise South Cemetery
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: Jan 01, 2012
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