RIP, Lonnie Knight

Platte City Paul

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Jun 3, 2012
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I don't expect many folks will have heard of him. Lonnie was a working musician up in Minneapolis who opened for a boat load of musicians over the decades, to include the Yardbirds way back in 1966.

Lonnie died a few hours ago, losing a fight against cancer. He went with grace and strength, and my God, but he went with courage too.

I only knew him through a forum we hung around on together, but it hurts.

This is his thread from late last month:

"This "10 acts you've seen" thing on Facebook has been fun... I noticed several Soundhooligans have gotten involved. So I was reminiscing over my past, my career, such as it is. Here is a list of national acts that I have opened for, including direct opener/headliner and festival dates... more than I thought... I'm a lucky guy:

Bernard Allison (Minneota Zoo)
Mose Allison (Orchestra Hall)
Eric Andersen(Duluth)
Asleep at the Wheel (Miss Kitty's, Atlanta, GA)
The Association (Lake Geneva, WI)
Marcia Ball (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Lou Ann Barton (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Dickey Betts (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Elvin Bishop (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Bob Bingham (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Norman Blake (Charlotte's Web, Rockford, IL)
Blue Cheer (Joliet, IL... we were on our way to a gig in Chicago. Stopped to see the concert, Cheer was a no-show, our manager was with us, he conned the promoter into letting us take their slot as we were a long-haired power trio... I understand that a good portion of the audience thought that we were them... interesting times)
Blue Healers (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Kevin Bowe (various places)
Doyle Bramhall (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Ronnie Baker Brooks (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Charles Brown (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Clarence Gatemouth Brown (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Greg Brown Charlotte's Web)
Ruth Brown (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Eric Burdon Chippewa Valley Music Fes, Chippewa Falls WI and Downtown Mpls music fest)
Solomon Burke (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Canned Heat (Kelker Junction, Colorado Springs, CO)
Popa Chubby (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
W.C. Clark (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Otis Clay(Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Johnny Copeland (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
James Cotton (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Minneapolis Auditorium - then their manager asked us to tour as their opener for a southwestern tour... we drove to Albuquerque NM to start tour... due to hassles with their labor, the tour never occurred, they split up, we were left with two weeks of motel and travel expenses...)
Robert Cray (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Debbie Davies (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Al Day (Bill's Blues, Chicago)
Big John Dickerson (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Pat Donohue (various shows in Twin Cities)
Honeyboy Edwards (Iron Range Fest, Hibbing, MN)
Mimi Farina (Charlotte's Web)
The Five Americans (Lake Geneva)
Flim and the BBs (Recorded with them on their first album... First record to be recorded with 3M's prototype digital tape machine and second digital LP nationally released, along story in itself)
Girls with Guitars (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Grand Funk Railroad (Labor Temole, Minneapolis)
Dave Hole (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
John Lee Hooker, Jr. (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Bruce Hornsby (Chippewa Valley)
Dakota Dave Hull (various)
Sierra Hull (The Dakota, Minneapolis)
Michael Johnson (Earl of Olde Town, Chicago / I was in his band for a while, played main stage at MN State Fair, also Leinie stage at fair, also concert in Rockford, IL... and we did some duo stuff at Cafe Carpe, Fort Atkinson, WI)
Prudence Johnson (various)
Robert "One Man" Johnson (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
George Jones (WE Fest, Detroit Lakes, MN)
Albert King (Labor Temple - sadly, Albert was a no-show, but it still looks good on the old CV)
Lamont Cranston (various)
Jonny Lang (People's Fair, Mankato MN... I was with the Hoopsnakes, Jonny sat in)
Bettye Lavette (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Little Feat (Rapidan, outside Mankato MN [Lowell was still alive], some hotel in downtown Minneapolis [Lowell dead], and Medina Ballroom, Medina,] MN
Larry Long (various, also as session player)
Manhattan Transfer (Prudence Johnson's first album, me on guitar, them on vocals, never met, different days)
Dave Mason (Minneapolis Sports Center)
Delbert McClinton (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Little Milton (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Chuck Mitchell (Joni's ex-husband, Charlotte's Web)
John Mooney (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Mud Morganfield (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Maria Muldaur (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Charlie Mussselwhite (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Don Nix (toured Japan as opener and guitarist for Don)
NRBQ (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Danny O'Keefe (Creek House and Como Lake B and B house concert)
Marie Osmond (Harriet Island Music Fest, St. Paul - another interesting tale)
Patty Peterson (various)
Ricky Peterson (various, and millions of recording sessions)
Willard Peterson ( " )
Rod Piazza (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Herb Pilhofer (sessions, sessions, sessions - and I was in his band at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis)
Jim Post (Coffee House Extemporé, Minneapolis and Charlotte's web... also session work on his "I Love My Life" album, rated on various websites in the "100 Worst Album covers of all time)
Procol Harum (Labor Temple)
Pure Prairie League (some college in Iowa, Vince Gill was in the band at the time)
Bonnie Raitt (Whole Coffee House, U of M)
Willis Alan Ramsey (Rome Inn, Austin, TX)
Al Rapone (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Eddie Raven (Miss Kitty's, Atlanta)
Reverend Raven (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Sugaray Rayford (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Rhythm Doctors (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Duke Robillard (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Leon Russell (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
The Senders (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Mitch Ryder (recording session)
Percy Sledge (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Southern Pacific (Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee)
Tim Sparks (Minnesota Legends Concert, Maple Grove, MN)
Sugar Blue (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
The Sun Records Allstars (Iowa, forgot the name of the town, but it is supposedly one of the busiest railroad towns in the country)
Super Benders (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Koko Taylor (Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago)
Jimmy Thackery (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Ten Years After (Minneapolis Sports Center)
Twiggy (Dayton's Auditorium, Minneapolis)
Jimmy Vaughn (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Muddy Waters (Labor temple)
Junior Watson (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Lavelle White (Bayfront Blues Fest, Duluth)
Kim Wilson
The Yardbirds
(with Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page) (Maple Lake Pavilion, Mentor, MN - Beck borrowed my guitar strap... I let him keep it)"

Rest easy, Lonnie.



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Sep 30, 2012
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Now THAT , is an impressive resume' !! RIP sir ,, you earned your dues and respect ....