RIP Brian “B.B.” Bruce – September 17, 1946 – February 24, 2010.

This just in from Bob Corritore:

Harmonica player, Brian “B.B.” Bruce passed away Wednesday, February 24th, of colon cancer in his home of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 63.

Best known for his long association with Henry Gray, Brian and Andy Cornett co-founded Henry Gray & The Cats in the mid 1970s. Bruce also worked with the legendary Tabby Thomas, Rudy Richard, Larry Garner, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, Harry “Big Daddy” Hypolite, Carol Fran and a host of other Louisiana artists.

Bruce received a Slim Harpo Award from the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation in the mid 1990s.

Cornett has this to say about his longtime friend and musical associate; “Brian”B.B.” Bruce embodied a sense of delight and gratefulness, delivered 110% commitment, dedication, heart and soul in all of his performances no matter where he performed in the world. He touched and many people’s hearts with his music and his life.”

Memorial services will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge, LA this Saturday, February 27th, at 3:00 pm.

Thanks to Andy Cornett for providing the biographical information.

For Brian B. B. Bruce’s obituary click on.

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  1. Fabulous piece. BB is sure special. He leaves quite a legend. He lived his life doing what is important.

  2. Jazz for a Blues Man: For BB

    The harp that Angel’s playin’ ain’t got no strings;

    It blows a chord no horn can dream of matching;

    It sounds on human breath, we can’t hear
    from his lips anymore;

    But he lives on digital, tape, and all the good memories
    his friends have stored,

    And now he’s dancin’ on that Celestial Stage with the Angels
    to the beat of the Lord,

    Who’s really got a hot set of fingers
    on that Golden Keyboard, man,

    He’s the brand new Heavenly Harper dancin’
    out front of the Paradise Band.


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