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Mose Allison, dead at 89

Del Cowie

Jazz pianist Mose Allison, known for blending jazz and blues, has passed away. Allison was 89 and he died at his home in Hilton Head, S. C.

Allison's death was confirmed on his official website. A short message read, "His family would like to express their gratitude for all the kind words and thoughts they have received. Love and thanks."

According to Jazz Times magazine, Allison died of natural causes.

Mississippi-born Allison's laid-back, yet often wry and satirical conversational style over his piano-playing won him the admiration of British rock bands of the 1960s and '70s. Notably, the Who used his song "Young Man Blues" as inspiration for their hit "My Generation." His songs were covered by a number of musicians. Canadian jazz musician Diana Krall covered Allison's "Stop This World" on her 2004 album The Girl in the Other Room.

Allison had just celebrated his 89th birthday on Nov. 11.