Chicago blues guitarist Lacy Gibson died after suffering a heart attack on Monday (April 11), according to He was 74.


Gibson was born in North Carolina and learned to play guitar from his mother. He moved to the Windy City when he was just 13 and played alongside legendary players such as T-Bone Walker, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Lefty Bates. He also served as a session player and sideman for Ray Charles, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon.

Some of Gibson’s recordings include the album Wishing Ring, made with Sun-Ra (when the two were brothers-in-law) and the Chess Records single “My Love is Real,” which featured Guy.

Although Gibson’s heart trouble slowed down his career in later years, he still performed at Ann’s Love Nest, which was named for his wife. He is survived by her, one son, six daughters, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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