Local Blues musician Phil Blank lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Jan. 15. He was 57. A memorial service for the veteran singer/harmonica player/guitarist is scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Staley-Crowe Funeral Home in Deer Park starting at noon. For more on the service and Phil’s life, go to the funeral home’s Web site here or check Phil’s MySpace site (which includes some of his music) here. (The Cincy Blues Society also has a tribute to Phil here.)
Blank was a regular presence on the local club scene for over 30 years and he continued performing at least a couple of times a month up until his death (he had shows scheduled in early February).
Blank was invited on stage to jam with the legendary Muddy Waters at Bogart’s in 1978 and soon after he moved to Los Angeles for a brief time, where he played with artists like Shakey Jake, Hollywood Fats and William Clarke. After returning to Cincinnati, Blank became a regular at renowned Blues bar Cory’s (now The Mad Frog) and he was an opening act for national artists like Johnny Winters, Greg Allman and John Mayall. Phil received a lifetime achievement award from the Cincy Blues Society in 2004 at that year’s Cincy Blues Fest.
In lieu of flowers, Phil’s family is requesting donations be made to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul/Cancer Research and Care Fund (1125 Bank St., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45214).