Whenever someone important like Little Joe Washington dies, an easy way to gauge just how much impact they had on their community is to see what people were saying about them right before they passed. Enter social media.
In Washington's case, it was a site called Funky Blues Radio, an Internet station that uses its Twitter feed as a log to track songs played, and apparently went on a bit of a Little Joe kick Tuesday. After he passed, people far and wide paid their respects -- but not surprisingly, an overwhelming amount of them were musicians.
— SmoothFLL (@SmoothFLL) November 13, 2014
So glad I was able to see this Houston blues legend on a couple of occasions. RIP Little Joe Washington. http://t.co/ftQM8f27PO
— César (@cesarislaw) November 12, 2014
Rest in peace Little Joe Washington, you were one of the last weird pieces of Houston left standing.
— Craig Hlavaty (@CraigHlavaty) November 12, 2014
Live well in the second life, dear Little Joe Washington. #saddayinhoustonmusic
— Glass the Sky (@GlassTheSky) November 13, 2014
Damn Gavin told me Little Joe Washington died? WTF?!
— PBR (@MikeHunt4200) November 13, 2014
I dedicated my show tonight in St.Louis to Little Joe Washington. God Bless You Buddy!
— Rich O'Toole (@RichOToole) November 13, 2014
— Bob_Theory (@Bob_Theory) November 13, 2014
— Houston News (@abc13houston) November 13, 2014
— Sound Awake (@SoundAwakeRadio) November 13, 2014
Rest In Peace Little Joe Washington https://t.co/VUPlNauJs7
— Jay Lee (@jaylee) November 13, 2014
— Rev. KM Williams (@revkmwilliams) November 13, 2014
— Lance Scott Walker (@lanceswalker) November 13, 2014
— Brad Gilmore (@bradgilmore) November 13, 2014
R.I.P Little Joe Washington. Honored to have had you perform at Smooth Tony's.
— Smooth Tony's (@SmoothTonys) November 13, 2014
More tributes on the next page.
— Flash Gordon Parks (@flashgparks) November 13, 2014
just heard little Joe Washington has passed. Was a pleasure to have known him. Always poped into the radio show and was welcomed. miss u.
— rad rich (@radrichardc) November 13, 2014
Coog Radio is saddened to hear about the loss of Little Joe Washington, a true Houston music icon. You will be missed....
— Coog Radio (@coogradio) November 13, 2014
— Sig's Lagoon (@SigsLagoon) November 13, 2014
— Day & A Dream (@dayandadream) November 13, 2014
The first time I met Little Joe Washington, I was using the bathroom when he rushed up and tried to sell me a CD. RIP, you crazy legend.
— Brett Koshkin (@bkoshkin) November 13, 2014
— Ky Meyer (@KyMeyerTunedIn) November 13, 2014
Rest in peace Little Joe Washington. Words cannot describe your legacy. pic.twitter.com/T4gaio10Ik
— Steve Krase (@harpace) November 13, 2014
I saw him play the guitar with his teeth. It was the worst shit I've ever seen...but he had a great time. RIP. http://t.co/4SuAGysEI5
— andrewbeard (@grossarms) November 13, 2014
damn. little joe washington died today. that's fucked. that man could play the fuck out of the guitar.
— micah. (@giraffegooch) November 13, 2014
Donate to a fund set up for Washington's funeral expenses at this link.
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