Last Updated on November 6, 2023, 9:11 am
Willie ‘The Touch’ Hayes, the legendary drummer of the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, died unexpectedly.
Willie Hayes, the legendary blues drummer, and multitalented artist, died unexpectedly on November 5, 2023. He was 73 years old. He was widely known as ‘The Touch’.Willie ‘The Touch’ Hayes was a blues drummer and singer.
What happened to Willie ‘The Touch’ Hayes?
The details of his death have not been made public. The cause of his untimely demise is unknown, yet it has saddened the entire music industry nonetheless. His death was confirmed by Delmark Records in a post on social media that said,
“Willie “The Touch” Hayes: sad news for the blues community and Delmark family. Drums master Willie Hayes passed away. A short time ago, he lost his dear wife, Debra. We will miss them both. Amazing people.”
His sudden death has left family and friends aggrieved and the music community grappling with profound grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends in this difficult time.
Who was Willie Hayes?
Willie Hayes was born on August 20, 1950, in Clarksdale, Arkansas. He was a renowned drums master who donned a dark fedora. He graduated from Farragut High School in Chicago, Illinois, and went on to work at Ascension Saint Alexius.
He honed his talent with his dedication and soon became a renowned artist in the blues community. His talent earned him many accolades, including a Grammy Award and a place in the prestigious Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.
He worked with many notable musicians, including Son Seals, Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Otis Clay, Johnny Dollar, Carey Bell, Luther Alison, Chainsaw Dupont, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mighty Joe Young, Albert Bashor, Koko Taylor, Lurrie Bell, Mellow Fellows, The Temptations, Big Twist, and many more.
He was a multitalented artist who also worked in several films, working with renowned actors like Tom Hanks, Will Smith, James Caan, and Dennis Quaid. He graced many films with his performance, including Thief, Hardball, Ali, Road to Perdition, and The Express.
Obituary and Funeral
Willie Hayes’ family will release his obituary and provide details of his memorial service when they are ready. They are currently healing from an immense loss. All are requested to respect their privacy and allow them to mourn their loved ones with dignity and grace.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans. May he rest in peace.
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