Guitarist Hiram Bullock Dies
The jazz and rock guitarist passed away last Friday in Manhattan, New York. The cause of death is unknown, according to his partner Jennifer Armstrong. Bullock, a member of the original band for the TV show Late Night with David Letterman, was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue last autumn.
The Japanese-born musician played on a series of hit-making pop albums during the 1970s, including Billy Joel's The Stranger, Steely Dan's Gaucho and the soundtrack to A Star is Born by Barbra Streisand. Bullock's best-known work was perhaps on Sting's 1987 release Nothing Like the Sun in a version of Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing. The star also made an impact with his own albums in the genres of jazz-rock, funk and fusion. The last of Bullock's own releases, featuring his singing and songwriting, was his 2005 album Too Funky 2 Ignore.
Bullock was born in Osaka, Japan to U.S. military-serving parents. The family moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he was young. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music there, where he played the saxophone and bass guitar before continuing his music studies at the University of Miami, Florida.
Letterman keyboardist Paul Shaffer - who began his work with Bullock on the show in 1982, says, "At the beginning of the Letterman show, when I needed a band, I just co-opted the 24th Street Band," referring to Bullock's well-known reputation in the band. The show included a special tribute to the star on Monday evening, when Shaffer added: "As I said on the show, I think he was the greatest guitar player ever, with the exception perhaps of Jimi Hendrix. Nobody was ever better."
In addition to Bullock's partner of 16 years Jennifer Armstrong, his survivors include two stepsons, Sansho and Niko, and four sisters, Jackie Lewis, Carmen Bean, Brenda Canterbury and Margene Williams.
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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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