The blues lost another great blues/rock guitar player when Alan Mirikitani died of a heart attack in the recording studio last weekend.
Alan was known to many as BB Chung King, and his band BB Chung King & The Screaming Buddaheads has been a fixture in the LA Area since the 1980s when I can remember first seeing them.
I’ve seen Alan many times as he has played Arcadia Blues Club which is fairly nearby.
Alan was always a gentleman to me and the other blues players in the area. When I was young and new to the area we used to converse via email periodically and he was always helpful.
Alan will surely be missed in my area, and likely in yours as well. So today I pay a tribute to Alan and if you’ve never heard his music I hope you’ll take some time to listen.