string(156) "Grave of Mark Sandman. Mark Sandman was born on September 24, 1952 and died in Giardini del Principe, Palestrina, Italy due to Heart attack on July 3, 1999."
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Arguably the most important pianist of the postwar Chicago blues scene, Otis Spann started playing piano at the age of seven, with some instruction from local piano players in his native Jackson. By 1944 he was playing in local bands around that city and three years later left for Chicago, where he would live for the rest of his tragically short life. Spann replaced Merriweather as Muddy Waters' piano player in late 1952, and had his first recording session with the band on September 24, 1953. From 1952 to 1969 Spann was a full-time member of the Muddy Waters band, which also included Jimmy Rogers and Little Walter. He was also in great demand by the Chess label as house pianist, accompanying artists like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry ("No Money Down", "You Can't Catch Me"), Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Rogers and Little Walter. In April of 1970, blues pianist Otis Spann flew to Boston to play a gig. With him were his wife, Lucille, and his band. The concert would be Otis' last. Before he flew to Boston, doctors had diagnosed Spann with terminal liver cancer — he died three weeks after the concert.
Otis Spann was posthumously elected to the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
Final Resting Place:
Burr Oak Cemetery
4400 West 127th Street
Alsip, Illinois, 60803
Section 6, Lot 13, Row 8, Grave 31
Grave Location Description
As you pass the office on your right, continue towards the back of the cemetery to Section 6. Otis is roughly in the middle of the section. I won’t lie to you – this may take awhile to find his grave among this sea of flat monuments. Good luck!
Grave Location GPS
Read More About Otis Spann:
Videos Featuring Otis Spann:
Otis Spann - Blues Piano Legend
Otis Spann - The Blues of Otis Spann
Otis Spann - Nobody Knows My Trouble and Cold Cold Feeling Denmark (Live video - 1968)
Otis Spann - Must Have Been The Devil
Sister Rosetta Tharpe w Otis Spann - This Train (Live France 1964)
Muddy Waters w Otis Spann - Country Boy (Live France 1964)
Otis Spann & Lonnie Johnson - Trouble in Mind
Otis Spann & Fleetwood Mac - Hungry Country Girl (1970)
Otis Spann & James Cotton Lightnin' (1965)
popular name: Bukka White
date_of_death: February 26, 1977
best_know_for: A master blues guitarist and vocalist, he was also B.B. King's uncle
Mississippi Fred McDowell
popular name: Mississippi Fred McDowell
date_of_death: July 3, 1972
cause_of_death: Abdominal Cancer
best_know_for: Inspired by seeing the legend Charley Patton playing in a juke joint, McDowell secured his reputation without a back catalog of historic blues recordings but rather by playing around the world to enthusiastic fans of low country blues.
popular name: Lightnin' Hopkins
date_of_death: January 30, 1982
cause_of_death: Esophageal cancer
best_know_for: Sam Lightnin' Hopkins began his blues trail as Blind Lemon Jefferson's guide before spending 30 years on the weekend juke joint circuit. As a soloist who loved to drink, smoke, gamble, fight and chase women, Hopkins had the scars from the prison leg irons of which he sang. Before his death he recorded over 80 albums and Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
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