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 Henry Vestine

Henry Vestine

Birth
Takoma Park, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 20 Oct 1997 (aged 52)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 6973027 · View Source
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Rock/Blues Musician. A native of Washington, D.C., he was a founder and guitarist of the 1960s musical group 'Canned Heat.' The group formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1966, with amateur record collectors and blues historians Alan 'Blind Owl' Wilson, and Bob 'The Bear' Hite, besides Vestine. Known as a hard luck blues band they played all the main music festivals including the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and at Woodstock in 1969. The group whose music appeared on such record labels as EMI, Sunset, Ruf, Varese, United Artists, AIM, and Sarabande, released there first album after there Monterey appearance in 1967. The album was deep in blues music thanks to Wilson's harmonica playing, Vestine's guitar playing, and Hite's bluesman voice. The group's next album, "Kings Of The Boogie", was even better then the first. Paying homage to legendary blueman John Lee Hooker on the album, they used a style they called 'hippie ballroom. Ironically they later collaborated with John Lee Hooker on one of his albums. Following the release of the group's two biggest singles, 'Going Up To The Country,' and a version of Wilbert Harrison's 'Let's Work Together,' Alan 'Blind Owl' Wilson died on September 3, 1970, at the age of 27, in Topanga Canyon, California, under mysterious circumstances (most likely a drug overdose). Following Wilson's untimely death he was replaced by another musician, and the band continued on. On April 6, 1981, tragedy struck the band again when Bob 'The Bear' Hite died of a heart seizure in Mar Vista, California, at the age of 36. He too was replaced by another musician. Again despite the tragedy of losing two friends and fellow bandmembers the group continued recording and touring. Other members of the group including drummer Adolfo 'Fito' de la Parra, recruited a new lead singer named Walter Trout, but he was replaced by James Thornbury, who stayed in the group for 10 years, leaving in 1995. After the departure of Thornbury, he was replaced by Robert Lucas. The group released another album, "The Canned Heat Blues Band", but were sooon devastated by another loss. On October 20, 1997, while the band was on tour in Paris, France, to promote there new album, Henry Vestine unexpectedly passed away at the age of 52. Following his death he was brought back to the United States and buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, in Eugene, Oregon, where according to his wishes he 'would stay until he could be buried on the moon.' In 1999, two years after Vestine's death, the group released there album, "Boogie 2000." Some of the group's other recordings include, "Rollin' And Tumblin," "Bullfrog Blues," "Goin' Down Slow," "Catfish Blues," "Story Of My Life," and "Rich Woman."

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  • Added: 30 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6973027
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Vestine (25 Dec 1944–20 Oct 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6973027, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .