Dutch blues godfather Harry Muskee dies
Dutch musician and blues singer Harry Muskee has died at the age of 70 following a battle with cancer.
In the 1960s, Muskee became known as the man who brought the blues to the Netherlands. As lead singer in Cuby and the Blizzards, his raucous voice shot into the Top 40 with hits like Window of my Eyes, Another Day Another Road and Appleknockers Flophouse.
The band backed Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison when they toured the Netherlands. Van Morrison visited Muskee on his farm in the northern Drenthe village of Grolloo in 1967, where the Blizzards worked. Muskee’s music reflects the rawness and simplicity of his rural roots.
In the 1970s, the band split up when other band members claimed Muskee was too autocratic as leader. Cuby and the Blizzards won several awards in the music business. In 2009, Muskee surprised his fans when he released another CD after 11 years, Cats Lost.
Muskee’s manager said the Dutch blues icon died at home.
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