Personalities | Rory Gallagher | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, harmonica, 1949–95)

Irish blues musician Rory Gallagher fell in love with Delta and Chicago blues as a child, collecting as many records as he could get his hands on. In 1969 he formed the band Taste, receiving moderate acclaim, and a year later he released his own eponymous album to very good reviews. Gallagher became an extremely popular touring artist in the US and Europe and issued 14 albums in his lifetime, all with a strong flavouring of his personal blues sensibility.

Director Tony Palmer’s documentary Irish Tour captures Gallagher performing live in 1974, while the live albums from the 1970s also successfully represent his energy and subtlety. He performed and recorded with Muddy Waters and Albert King at the height of his career, holding his own with the masters. Aside from a four-year hiatus in the 1980s, Gallagher stayed active as a touring musician until his death at the age of 46, following a failed liver transplant.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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