Newest obsession: Johnny Copeland
Copeland formed the ‘Dukes of Rhythm’ in Houston,Texas, and made his recording debut in 1956, signing with Duke Records the following year. Although his early records met with little commercial success, he became a popular touring act over the next two decades. He won a Grammy in 1987 for best traditional blues album for the album Showdown! His later years were dogged by ill health due to a congenital heart defect. He died, aged 60, in Harlem, New York from complications during heart surgery for a heart transplanted six months earlier.