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Finis Tasby (1940 - 2014)

Finis Tasby, the Los Angeles bluesman that fronted the popular band The Mannish Boys passed away on November 2, 2014 as a result of complications from a stroke he suffered in December of 2012. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and his large circle of friends inside and outside the blues world. Finis was 74.

Powerhouse blues vocalist Finis Tasby was born in Dallas, Texas in 1940,and grew up immersed in the vital Texas blues tradition. As a teenager, Finis got his first professional music experience as drummer with the swinging local combo The Blues Blasters. By the early 1960s he’d switched instruments, and was playing bass and singing backup with local legends The Thunderbirds, working regularly with Z.Z. Hill, and also backing Clarence Carter, Lowell Fulson, and Freddie King on regional tours.

By the mid ’60s Finis had stepped out in front of the band, and began establishing his reputation as one of the most soulful blues singers on the circuit. In 1973, Tasby moved to Los Angeles and found a home in that city’s blues clubs. He formed a new group in Los Angeles and had the chance to open for B.B. King, Percy Mayfield and Big Mama Thornton.

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