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Blues Star Dutch Tilders Dies

April 25, 2011 (3:12 pm) GMT
Blues star Dutch Tilders has died at the age of 69.

The musician - Dutch Tilders, known as Australia's "Godfather of Blues" - passed away on Saturday after losing a battle with cancer.

Dutch Tilders' manager, Lynne Wright, says, "He's encouraged and inspired musicians all across Australia, not just in the blues genre. He had a unique style that will be remembered forever."

Born in the Netherlands, Tilders moved to Australia as a child and began his music career in the 1970s with his self-titled debut album, which was released in 1972. He went on to work with stars including John Mayall and Kevin Borich and became great friends with blues legend . Tilders released 14 albums throughout his career and fronted bands including the Elks and the Cyril 'B' Bunter Band.

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