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Blues Tributes 2021

Friday, January 21, and Sunday, January 23

Throughout January Crossroads is looking back at the past year in blues. This time, we remember blues, R&B, and soul artists who passed away in 2021.

We’ll remember girl group singers from the Marvelettes and Supremes; blues singer and NEA Heritage Fellow Carol Fran; Kansas connections with Delmark Records founder Bob Koester and keyboardist, songwriter, and Phantom Blues Band member Mike Finnigan; and saxophonists Grady Gaines and Pee Wee Ellis.

We also pay tribute to two singers who passed away just this month – Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, and Rosa Lee Hawkins of the Dixie Cups.

In hour two we’ll hear a Muddy Waters Tribute concert featuring Paul Oscher, a regular in Muddy Water’s band who also passed away in 2021.

Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.