Blues guitarist and singer JOHN CEPHAS has lost his battle with lung disease at the age of 78.
Cephas, famous for his Piedmont blues style, died on Wednesday (04Mar09) at his home in Woodford, Virginia from pulmonary fibrosis.
The star shot to fame in 1977 after teaming up with harmonica player Phil Wiggins. The pair became noted regulars at music festivals around the world.
Recording over a dozen albums between 1981 and 2008, their first U.S. album, Dog Days of August, won a Blues Music Award for best traditional blues album in 1987.
Cephas is survived by his companion, Lynn Volpe, and nine children.