Katie Webster

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Katie Webster
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Background information
Birth nameKathryn Jewel Thorne
Born(1936-01-11)January 11, 1936
Houston, Texas, United States
DiedSeptember 5, 1999(1999-09-05) (aged 63)
League City, Texas, United States
GenresBoogie-woogie, soul, swamp blues[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, pianist, vocalist, composer, singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)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.[3]

In the 1980s she was repeatedly booked for European tours and recorded albums for the German record label, Ornament Records, with Gary Wiggins and Chris Rannenberg - The International Blues Duo. 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 but returned to performing the following year.[4] She died from heart failure in League City, Texas, in September 1999.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Bill Dahl. "Katie Webster | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  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. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Blues (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 372/3. ISBN 0-85112-673-1.
  4. ^ Bill Dahl (May 27, 1994). "'Boogie-woogie Queen' Katie Webster Returns From Stroke". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1998 – 1999". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.

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