Lafayette Leake

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Lafayette Leake was born on June 1, 1919 and died on August 14, 1990. He was a blues and jazz pianist, organist, vocalist and composer who played for Chess Records as a session musician, and as a member of the Big Three Trio (replacing Leonard Caston), during the formative years of Chicago blues, playing piano on many of Chuck Berry’s Chess recordings. He worked closely with bassist, producer, and songwriter Willie Dixon.

Leake fell into a diabetic coma in his home in Chicago, where he remained undiscovered for several days, dying in hospital on August 14, 1990.

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