Lacy Gibson

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Born 01/05/1936 in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Died 04/11/2011 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Famed Chicago bluesman Lacy Gibson died on April 11, 2011 as a result of a heart attack. Known for his sophisticated, jazz-influenced guitar style and robust vocals, Gibson was a musician's musician. He recorded three albums under his own name and appeared on scores of recordings. His rich, flashy guitar style was featured in dozens of bands, including those of Son Seals, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Billy Boy Arnold, Sun Ra and many others.

Born on May 1, 1936 in Salisbury, North Carolina, Gibson headed to Chicago with his family in 1949. He gravitated to the city's blues scene, where he met Willie Dixon, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Sunnyland Slim and Muddy Waters, learning directly from the masters. By the mid-1960s, Gibson was an in-demand session player for local labels, including Chess, where he worked with Buddy Guy and sang My Love Is Real with Buddy on guitar. He cut two 45s for the tiny Repetto label in 1968, one of which also features Guy on guitar. His first LP, Wishing Ring, was released on his brother-in-law Sun Ra's El Saturn label in 1971.

Gibson played in Son Seals' band for two years, and appears on Seals' Live And Burning album on Alligator. His opening numbers at Son's shows were always highlights, which is why Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer recruited Gibson to cut four stand-out tracks for the label's Grammy Award-nominated Living Chicago Blues series, released in 1980

In 1983 Gibson released Switchy Titchy on the Black Magic label. During the 1980s and throughout the 1990s he continued to perform locally around Chicago, sometimes with his own band and other times backing Billy Boy Arnold and Big Time Sarah.

Along with his wife, Gibson ran Ann's Love Nest, an after-hours club on Chicago's west side. Over the years Gibson continued to hone his craft and perform as his health allowed. He appeared at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2004, performing his signature version of Drown In My Own Tears to thunderous applause from the crowd.

His most recent release was 1996's Crying For My Baby (Delmark), a first-issue of sessions originally recorded during the 1970s.
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Albums

ESR524, 528 Lacy Gibson - I Wish I Had A Wishing Ring album art Lacy Gibson I Wish I Had A Wishing Ring(LP, Album) El Saturn Records, El Saturn Records ESR524, 528 US 1968 Sell This Version
Lacy Gibson - Living Chicago Blues Volume 5 album art Lacy Gibson / Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band / Andrew Brown Lacy Gibson / Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band / Andrew Brown - Living Chicago Blues Volume 5 (Comp) Alligator Records Yugoslavia 1980 Sell This Version
Lacy Gibson - Switchy Titchy album art Lacy Gibson Switchy Titchy (Album) Black Magic Records (2) Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
DE-689 Lacy Gibson - Crying For My Baby album art Lacy Gibson Crying For My Baby(CD, Album) Delmark Records DE-689 1996 Sell This Version
Lacy Gibson - Smile On My Face album art Sunnyland Slim with Lacy Gibson & Lee Jackson (4) Sunnyland Slim with Lacy Gibson & Lee Jackson (4) - Smile On My Face (Album) Delmark Records 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

436 Lacy Gibson - The Sky Is Crying/She's My Baby album art Lacy Gibson The Sky Is Crying/She's My Baby(7") Repeto 436 US 1968 Sell This Version
702 Lacy Gibson - I Want An Easy Woman / I Am Gonna Unmask The Batman album art Lacy Gibson I Want An Easy Woman / I Am Gonna Unmask The Batman(7") Repeto 702 US 1969 Sell This Version

Compilations

RL0050 Lacy Gibson - I Didn't Give A Damn If Whites Bought It! - The Ralph Bass Session Vol. 1 album art Lacy Gibson / Joe Carter (5) Lacy Gibson / Joe Carter (5) - I Didn't Give A Damn If Whites Bought It! - The Ralph Bass Session Vol. 1(LP, Comp) Red Lightnin' RL0050 UK 1984 Sell This Version
ALCD 7703 Lacy Gibson - Living Chicago Blues Volume 3 album art A. C. Reed And The Spark Plugs* / Scotty And The Rib Tips* / Lovie Lee With Carey Bell / The Sons Of Blues* / Lacy Gibson A. C. Reed And The Spark Plugs* / Scotty And The Rib Tips* / Lovie Lee With Carey Bell / The Sons Of Blues* / Lacy Gibson - Living Chicago Blues Volume 3(CD, Comp, RE) Alligator Records ALCD 7703 US 1991 Sell This Version

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