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Writer’s rant about the murder of Chicago blues guitarist Eric “Guitar” Davis

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In the early morning of Dec. 19th, Eric “Guitar” Davis was found in a car shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene according to the C(r)ook County medical examiner’s office. He was in the 6700 block of S. East End Ave. in the South Shore neighborhood. Three blocks away 74-year old Deacon Willie Cooper was also murdered a half hour earlier. Wonder where the police were? Didn’t anybody hear anything? Did anyone call the police, probably not?

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Let’s see, Eric lived around 142nd and Halsted, he was found in the 6700 block of S. East End Ave. near Stony Island. Why was he over there? Did he drive someone home? Was it a robbery? How come nothing was said about that? According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he was at Kingston Mines blues club at 2548 N. Halsted St. hours before he was murdered. Who did he leave with? Area South detectives are investigating. Yeah, right! There are more questions here in this paragraph than they probably came up with.

It’s been a week and they got nothing. Maybe Mayor Romulus can tell his wife and six kids they have nothing. Make sure you wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This is so upsetting. Here’s a guy who was still considered a young up and coming blues talent. He was 41 years old. He just signed a record deal with Delmark Records. He had a wife and six kids. Everything seemed to be going his way.

He was well liked and full of energy. He was a familiar face on the blues scene. His shows were fun and he always kept the crowd involved. He invited a lot of people onto the stage.

This writer once had a conversation with him in between sets at Beer Geeks in Highland, Ind. I told him I wrote an article about him and he was genuinely appreciative. That’s what makes it worth writing these articles.

Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago is having a benefit concert on Jan. 19. They are located at 3420 W. Armitage Ave. Phone number is (773) 342-0452. In Memory of Eric Davis, A Benefit For His Children show will feature many of Chicago blues top names. Included are Sugar Blue, Toronzo Cannon, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Jimmy Burns, Mike Wheeler, Big James, Deitra Farr, Mathew Skoller, Brother Jacob and Charlie Kimball. There is a minimum donation of $25.00. If you can’t make the show you can still make a donation at -


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