The singer/songwriter, born John Thurman Hunter, Jr., passed away at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday (04Jan16), aged 84, according to an announcement on his Facebook.com page. The cause of his death was not released as WENN went to press.
Hunter, Jr. released his first single She Used to Be My Woman in 1953 and regularly travelled across the U.S. border from his home in El Paso, Texas to perform at the Lobby Bar in Juarez, Mexico.
He released seven albums during his career, including Texas Border Town Blues and Lone Star Shootout, and toured around the world, and he has been remembered by Gibbons, a fan who grew up listening to Hunter, Jr.'s hits on Texas radio.
Gibbons tells the El Paso Times, "I was sad to hear of the passing of the great Long John Hunter... He was El Paso and Juarez's gift to the blues. I fondly remember listening to his El Paso Rock on (radio station) XERF when I was a kid. It didn't get more Texas border boogie than that."