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Another blues man passes on

R.I.P. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, who passed away Friday (Sept. 16) at his home in Chicago after suffering a stroke. He was 75. Even if you never saw Smith play, you may have heard of him if you're a follower of the local blues scene in Madison. He was father to Cash Box Kings' drummer Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. Best known as the drummer for Muddy Waters, Smith started out on harmonica and played harp for Bo Diddley and other groups back in the 1950's. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith received a Grammy in 2010 for his work with Pinetop Perkins for Best Traditional Blues CD for an album called "Joined at the Hip." (Perkins died this March at age 97.)

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