American blues singer SON SEALS has died of complications arising from diabetes. He was 62.

The popular singer - who lost his battle with the condition in Chicago, Illinois on Monday (20DEC04) - shot to prominence with his distinctive voice in the 1970s.

Seals was instrumental in establishing Chicago-based ALLIGATOR RECORDS and won three WC HANDY BLUES AWARDS.

He also gained a profile boost when he received a GRAMMY AWARD nomination in 1980 for his work on the live compilation BLUES DELUXE.

His last album LETTIN' GO was released on the TELARC label in 2000.

Seals is survived by his sister KATHERINE SIMS and 14 children.

22/12/2004 17:22