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Sandy Bull Dies at 60

Influential guitarist and stringed-instrument player Sandy Bull died on April 11 at age 60. He had lung cancer. By blending classical, folk, jazz, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences, Bull became a pioneer of the genre now known as world music. From 1962 to 1972, Bull recorded four albums for the Vanguard label, performing on guitar, oud, banjo, and other stringed instruments. In the 1970s, drug problems forced him out of music, but he began performing and recording again in the 1980s. His 1963 debut, Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, featuring Billy Higgins on drums, is considered an underground classic.

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