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Remembering Bluesman Barrelhouse Chuck

Last week, Chicago pianist and singer Charles Goering, known as Barrelhouse Chuck, lost his battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

Chuck was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame earlier this fall. A few months before that, he recorded and released his last CD, “Remembering the Masters.”

When we visited Chuck in October, he was weak, but managed to sit down at the piano after telling his story.

Here is another look at our profile of a Chicago bluesman who may also have been one of the genre’s biggest fans. Chuck came to town as a young man in the ‘70s and befriended and learned from some of the masters of Chicago blues, including Little Brother Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim, Blind John Davis, Pinetop Perkins, Detroit Junior and Erwin Helfer. 

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