TearDrop Artist Joe Kelley, who played bass and guitar for the group Shadows of Knight and was a major blues guitarist in the Chicago area, died on Sunday Sept 1st after battling cancer.
Kelley originally played in local Chicago bands the Exides and the Vectors but was recruited to join the Shadows of Knight in 1965. The group had formed the previous year but original bassist Wayne Pursell left and Kelley was brought in.
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As the 1960's came to a close, Joe Kelley was earning a reputation as one of the hottest blues guitarist in Chicago. Joe honed his guitar and vocal skills on Chicago's south side, working with many of the blues greats including Sam Lay.
Joe spent many a late night and early morning taking in the wisdom of the great Willie Dixon. He has recorded with Wild Child Butler and Long John Hunter.
Joe Kelley "The Blue Shadow" is his debut release as a front man. Included
are seven originals proving that Joe takes his blues seriously.
"This guy has got what it takes to make strings on a guitar talk " - Magic Slim