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Magic Slim, Chicago Bluesman, Dies At 75

Magic Slim performing in Memphis in April of 2011. Brian Hineline /Retna Ltd./Corbis hide caption

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Magic Slim performing in Memphis in April of 2011.

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Magic Slim, the singer and guitarist who was a staple of the Chicago blues scene, died on Thursday in Philadelphia at the age of 75.

He was born Morris Holt in Torrance, Miss., and given his stage name by his mentor, the Chicago-based guitarist Samuel "Magic Sam" Maghett. Holt began recording as Magic Slim in 1966. With his band, the Teardrops, he was known for his raw vocals and biting guitar playing.

Over the course of his career, Slim won six Blues Music Awards for Blues Band of the Year. He released his last record, Bad Boy, in 2012.

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