Lynwood Slim

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Lynwood Slim
Lynwood Slim with Larry Taylor and Kid Ramos, (2005)
Background information
Birth name Richard Dennis Duran
Born (1953-08-19)August 19, 1953
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died August 4, 2014(2014-08-04) (aged 60)
Genres Blues
Instruments Harmonica, flute, vocals
Years active 1970s–2014
Labels Delta Groove

Lynwood Slim (born Richard Dennis Duran, August 19, 1953,[1] Los Angeles, California; died August 4, 2014) was an American blues harmonica player and singer. Slim was best known as a singer in the style of smooth easy jazz/blues, as well as his harmonica and flute playing.


Slim started playing the trumpet at age 18, and the harmonica when he was 15.[1] His early influences included Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Big Walter Horton. He played the Los Angeles music scene then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1974. He became a major force on the music scene, winning awards for best blues band in 1986.

Slim moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1988, returned to Los Angeles later that same year. He started working with Junior Watson, as well as Hollywood Fats Band alumni Larry Taylor, Fred Kaplan and Richard Innes. He started playing the flute after listening to James Moody and Herbie Mann.

Recording credits included a number of solo albums as well as numerous as a guest performer, producer, engineer, arranger and songwriter. Slim was latterly currently signed to Delta Groove, an independent record label based in Van Nuys, California. He toured and recorded in the United States as well as Europe, South America and Australia.

Slim's health declined from early 2011. Initially he was diagnosed with hepatitis C, which he overcame, but the damage to his liver caused cirrhosis. In late 2011, Slim was given news that without a liver transplant he would only survive for two years. In July 2014, he suffered a stroke and died from mounting health challenges on August 4, 2014.[2] Slim did not have health insurance and his family accepted donations through his website.[3]


  • 1996: Soul Feet (Atomic Theory ATM 1121)
  • 1997: Lost in America (Atomic Theory ATM 1135)
  • 1998: Back to Back (CrossCut 11059) with Junior Watson
  • 1999: Off The Wall Jive (Blue Plate) with Mannie & The Swingin' Hipshakers, Featuring Kid Ramos
  • 1999: World Wide Wood (Pacific Blues PBRC 9903)
  • 1999: Too Small to Dance (Pacific Blues PBRC 9902) with Big Rhythm Combo
  • 2006: Last Call (Delta Groove DGPCD108)
  • 2010: Brazilian Kicks (Delta Groove) with The Igor Prado Band
  • 2015: Hard to kill (Rip Cat Records) feat. Johnny Cat Soulbrand, The Red Wagons, Alberto Colombo, Nico Duportal, Kid Ramos, Trickbag, Fariz Bouzit, Bluescrowns, Igor Prado Band, Mark Dufresne.


  1. ^ a b Ham, Char (1953-08-19). "Lynwood Slim - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Health". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Donate". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 

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