Willie Hayes Death, Master drummer, singer & actor “The Touch” passed away at 73

Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Drummer Willie "The Touch" Hayes dead at 73. Learn more about Willie "The Touch" Hayes obituary and death...

Willie “The Touch” Hayes Death – Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Legendary inductee and drummer Willie Hayes has passed away unexpectedly. Willie Hayes affectionately known to many as “The Touch” was announced dead today, Sunday, the 5th of November 2023. He died at the age of 73. Willie “The Touch” Hayes was an African-American male blues drummer and singer. So far, no official news on his cause of death has been released.

Delmark Records released a statement regarding the passing of master drummer, singer & actor Willie “The Touch” Hayes:

“Willie “The Touch” Hayes: sad sad news for the blues community and the Delmark family. Drums master Willie Hayes passed away. A short time ago he lost his dear wife Debra. We will miss them both. Amazing people.”

About Willie Hayes

He was born on August 20, 1950 in Clarksdale, Arkansas. Wearing a dark fedora hat, Willie skillfully plays the drums, casting a glance over his left shoulder. He completed his education at Farragut High School in Chicago, Illinois, and later worked at Ascension Saint Alexius.

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Willie gained recognition as a Grammy Award-winning artist and earned a place in the esteemed Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he made notable appearances in several films, including Thief, Hardball, Ali, Road to Perdition, and The Express, collaborating with renowned actors such as Tom Hanks, Will Smith, James Caan, and Dennis Quaid.

Throughout his career, Willie collaborated with an impressive roster of musicians, including Son Seals, Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Chainsaw Dupont, Luther Allison, Carey Bell, Johnny Dollar, Mighty Joe Young, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert Bashor, Otis Clay, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, The Temptations, Lurrie Bell, Big Twist, the Mellow Fellows, and many more.

An obituary is not available at this time for Willie “The Touch” Hayes.

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