Celebrated Arkansas blues harmonica player WILLIE COBBS died on Monday 25th October. He was aged 89 and his death was announced on the musician’s Facebook page and by Living Blues magazine.

Cobbs enjoyed a long and distinguished career. Possibly his most famous recording is his ‘You Don’t Love Me’ which  appeared on the Allman Brothers Band album ‘Live at the Fillmore East’. Cobbs also acted , gaining a measure of fame with an acting role as Skillet in ‘Mississippi Masala’, a 1991 movie that starred Denzel Washington,.

In 2013, Cobbs  won the Sonny Payne Award for Blues Excellence. The award is named after Payne, long-time host of the weekday King Biscuit Time broadcast from Helena-West Helena radio station KFFA-AM. It recognizes individuals who have strongly influenced the blues music of the Arkansas Delta.