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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