Mose Allison

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The artist, whose hybrid southern style won him fans across the world for over six decades, died of natural causes, his wife, Audre Allison, confirmed.

Allison grew up in the Mississippi Delta region of the States, and his music draws on jazz and the blues he was surrounded by in those formative years, along with with a dash of country. Overall, however, his sound was triumphantly difficult to define.

I’ve always had a category problem, that’s for sure,” Allison told the LA Times in 1991. “There’s a lot of blues in what I do. It’s still primarily jazz, but there’s a lot of influences thrown in there.”

The musician, whose songs have been covered by Van Morrison, the Who, the Clash, Elvis Costello and the Yardbirds, received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts jazz masters fellowship in 2013.


Speaking to Rolling Stone before Allison's death in an interview to be published on Wednesday, Townshend says, "Mose was a huge, huge crush of mine. I just loved him. I loved everything he did. I did exactly the same thing."*2

"He was the thread that connected Willie Dixon and Mark Twain," adds Joe Henry, the producer who worked with Allison on his 2010 album The Way of the World.