Alan Wilson: Age 27 | Cause Of Death: SUICIDE

Canned Heat 

(b. 4 July 1943, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; vocals/harmonica/guitar).

Wilson was an extraordinary harmonica player, with a fat tone and great vibrato. His work on guitar, especially in open tunings (he  played on Son House’s rediscovery recordings of the mid-’60s, incidentally) gave  the band a depth and texture that most other rhythm players could only aspire to.  The band members were rocked by the suicide of  Wilson, whose body was found in Hite’s backyard on 3 September 1970.   Hite carried on with various reconstituted versions of the band until his death just before a show in 1981, from a heart seizure. ~AMG