One of the last Cincinnati blues music legends died this weekend. Big Joe Duskin passed away at home Sunday morning at age 86.
A boogie-woogie piano player, Duskin may have been part of the generation that produced legends like BB King and Muddy Waters, but his background was far from typical: he fought as a soldier in World War II and became a Cincinnati Police Officer before becoming a professional musician at age 43.
Duskin quickly made up for lost time, and became an internationally known artist, playing clubs in Cincinnati, and throughout Europe, which has long been a strong market for American blues.
His last album was recorded just three years ago, and he only slowed down recently because of health problems. His daughter Sharon Parks said he was scheduled to have his legs amputated because of diabetes, and believes he made a deal with God to take him before that could happen.