The Long John Baldry website announces this very sad news:
JOHN WILLIAM BALDRY – 1941 to 2005– Long John Baldry passed away at the Vancouver General Hospital, July 21 at 10:30 pm after fighting a severe chest infection for the passed 4 months. He was surrounded by friends and loved ones and is now at peace.
John Baldry will be remembered by his music and the love he generously gave to all those who came in contact with him. Our world is a lesser place without him, for John was a person that enhanced this world with his enormous presence and talent.
John Baldry walks with God.
A number of influential bands have been led by Long John Baldry.
He is credited with discovering Rod Stewart, who was a member of Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men.
His Bluesology also included a young keyboard player named Reginald Dwight. Dwight took the “Elton” from the group’s saxophone player, Elton Dean, and the “John” from Baldry, and went on to have a successful solo career as Elton John.