Arkansas musician "Iron Man" Burks dies at 54

Arkansas musician "Iron Man" Burks dies at 54

Alligator Records says Arkansas bluesman Michael "Iron Man" Burks has died after collapsing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was 54.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Alligator Records says Arkansas bluesman Michael "Iron Man" Burks has died after collapsing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was 54.

The record label says Burks collapsed Sunday after returning from a European tour. He was pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital. A spokesman for the record label says Burks died of a heart attack.

Born in Milwaukee in 1957, Burks moved with his family to Camden, Ark., in the early 1970s. He and his father built Camden's Bradley Ferry Country Club, a 300-seat juke joint that hosted blues and R&B performers.

He released three albums with Chicago-based Alligator Records and headlined blues festivals worldwide. Burks was well known at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena.

He was scheduled to play in Little Rock on June 2.

 

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MICHAEL "IRON MAN" BURKS - Fire & Water (2010)
Magnificent blues band from Little Rock, Arkansas USA. - Second time this band visit Frederikshavn blues festival - Michael "IronMan" Burks: Vocals and Guitar - Wayne Sharp: Hammond Organ & some vocals - Oscar Huguet: Bass Guitar - Chuck "Popcorn" Lowden: Drums - An amateur footage - shot at Frederikshavn Blues Festival in Denmark - November 2010.
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