Long John Baldry Dies

British blues legend Long John Baldry died July 21st after a four-month battle with a chest infection.

Baldry, 64, was credited with helping to launch the careers of Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones and was cited by Eric Clapton as a primary inspiration. Musicians including Elton John, Jeff Beck and several of the Stones got their start in Baldry’s band.

The singer/guitarist – whose 6-foot-7-inch height earned him the nickname “Long John” – released more than 40 albums throughout his career. He had been a Canadian citizen since 1981 and died in Vancouver, B.C.