Katie Webster

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Katie Webster Katie Webster
Birth name Kathryn Jewel Thorne
Born (1936-01-11)January 11, 1936
Houston, Texas, United States
Died September 5, 1999(1999-09-05) (aged 63)
League City, Texas, United States
Genres Boogie-woogie, soul, swamp blues[1]
Occupation(s) Musician, pianist, vocalist, composer, singer, songwriter
Instruments Piano, vocals, percussion

Katie Webster (January 11, 1936 – September 5, 1999), born Kathryn Jewel Thorne,[1] was an American boogie-woogie pianist.


Webster was initially best known as a session musician behind Louisiana musicians on the Excello and Goldband record labels, such as Lightnin' Slim and Lonesome Sundown.[2] She also played piano with Otis Redding in the 1960s, but after his death went into semi-retirement.

In the 1980s she was repeatedly booked for European tours and recorded albums for the German record label, Ornament Records. She cut You Know That's Right with the band Hot Links, and the album that established her in the United States; The Swamp Boogie Queen with guest spots by Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray.[2] She performed at both the San Francisco Blues Festival and Long Beach Blues Festival.

Webster suffered a stroke in 1993 while touring Greece and returned to performing the following year.[3] She died from heart failure in League City, Texas, in September 1999.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Bill Dahl. "Katie Webster | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 182. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Bill Dahl (May 27, 1994). "'Boogie-woogie Queen' Katie Webster Returns From Stroke". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  4. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1998 – 1999". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 

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