By Blurt Staff
The music world continues to lose beloved figures in one, increasingly long, week, from Leonard Cohen to Leon Russell to Norton Records’ Billy Miller to country music heroine Holly Dunn, who was only 59. This afternoon it was announced by Jazz Times that legendary pianist and songwriter Mose Allison passed away early this morning at his home in Hilton Head, SC, from natural causes. He was 89 and had celebrated his birthday only days early, on Nov. 11.
“Allison, an NEA Jazz Master, was 89, and had celebrated his birthday on Nov. 11. His death was confirmed for JazzTimes by his music attorney. Allison is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audre; his daughters Alissa, Amy and Janine Allison; his son, John Allison; and two grandchildren.”
Tributes to Allison has been coming out for the last several hours, including a heartfelt and revealing one at NPR that correctly noted the rock world’s embrace of Allison early on: “Allison’s witty and often-acerbic lyrics — delivered with a distinctive Southern drawl — were favorites of jazz fans and the British rockers who covered his songs — from The Who to The Clash to Van Morrison.”
Below check out some “Mose” tunes and then the “other folks” versions….