Mississippi Musician Dies in Chicago

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Blues harmonica player Carey Bell, who was born in Macon, Miss., has died in Chicago at the age of 70.

His label, Alligator Records, announced Bell's death Monday. The musician died Sunday at a Chicago hospital of heart failure.

Bell was a veteran of both Muddy Waters' and Willie Dixon's bands. He recorded albums both as a leader and a sideman and maintained a busy live performance schedule.

According to Alligator, Bell was born Carey Bell Harrington. He wanted a saxophone, but because of the expense, his grandfather bought him a harmonica instead. He moved to Chicago in 1956, and soon found a mentor in Big Walter Horton.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.


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  • by Marvin Location: Washington on May 8, 2007 at 11:31 AM
    I met Carey in 1988 at the twist and shout blues club in Bethsda, MD. When ever played in the D.C. area I would go see him. I have followed his music since. Carey was a down to earth person. He was real as real can be. I was sadden to hear of his passing.I am going to miss his laughter. When ever he playing in the area and I was at the show, I would reguest that he play little rooster for me and he would. I an really miss my buddy. I want to express my sympathy to his family. Marvin
  • by TOMMY Location: WOODRIGE IL on May 8, 2007 at 09:10 AM
    I WILL MISS U.
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