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Dr. Richard Patt, Healer and Mainstay of Houston Blues Scene, Passes Away at 58

Dr. Richard Patt, a former anaesthesiologist and longtime member of the Houston blues community, passed away early Sunday morning, according to a post by Houston Blues Society president Gail Singer on the HBS Facebook group.


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For many years Patt, 58, was front man for Dr. Rick and the Burners, a mainstay in the local blues scene, and had recently started the more acoustically-oriented group Dr. Rick's Fool's Paradise. He had recently entered hospice care for end-stage lung cancer, but showed up last week at The Big Easy for an almost impromptu set at the Upper Kirby club's Wednesday-night Big & Easy Blues Jam.

"He wanted to come and do a little farewell, because he had gotten like a two-week diagnosis the day before," Singer says.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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