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Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush dies at 84

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CHICAGO—Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush died on Saturday at the age of 84.

Rush succumbed to complication from a stroke he suffered in 2003.

Rush was born in Philadelphia, Mississipi. He settled in Chicago and began playing the local clubs, wearing a cowboy hat and sometimes strumming his guitar upside down for effect.

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He catapulted to international fame in 1956 with his first recording on Cobra Records of “I Can’t Quite You Baby,” which reached No.6 on the Billboard R&B chart.

He was a key architect of the Chicago “West Side Sound” in the 1950s and 1960s, which modernized traditional blues to introduce more of a jazzy, amplified sound.

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