Son Seals, 1942-2004

Tough, raw style led ’70s blues revival

A musical icon and international symbol of the new generation of Chicago blues, Seals, 62, died of complications from diabetes Monday in a Richton Park nursing home.

Had there not been Chicago Blues, there never would have been the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Aerosmith, etc. The foundation of rock and roll was, and is, the blues.

As Willie Dixon said, “the blues is the root, everything else is the fruit.” And Son Seals was in the pantheon of the greats.

Son Seals recordings on Alligator