Mose Allison, a legendary blues and jazz pianist, died Nov. 15, 2016, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, according to multiple news sources. He was 89.
Allison's singer-songwriter daughter, Amy Allison, confirmed the musician's death to Rolling Stone magazine.
Mose Allison was also a singer-songwriter who was known for his unique voice. Allison’s music featured many influences including jazz, blues, pop, bebop, and classical.
Allison was born Nov. 11, 1927, in the Mississippi Delta region and began playing piano at age 5. He moved to New York City in 1956 and began his jazz career. Allison performed with many legendary jazz artists including Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, and Zoot Sims. He released his debut album in 1957 on Prestige Records.
In 1963, he released his first album featuring all vocal songs, “Mose Allison Sings.” That album featured one of his most famous songs, “Parchman Farm.” Prestige tried to market him as a pop star, and Columbia and Atlantic Records later positioned him as a blues artist.
"I've always had a category problem, that's for sure," Allison told the Los Angeles Times in 1991. "There's a lot of blues in what I do. It's still primarily jazz, but there's a lot of influences thrown in there."
His last studio album, “The Way of the World,” was released as recently as 2010. In 2013, Allison was honored as a jazz master by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the highest honor in jazz.
Many musicians were influenced by Mose Allison including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, and Van Morrison. The Who and the Clash covered some of his songs.