EXPIRED: 10/07/09 – Steve Ferguson, 60, original guitarist of NRBQ who being in late stages of terminal cancer could not attend the tribute his former band gave to him in his honor this past June.
Ferguson co-founded NRBQ as the New Rhythm & Blues Quintet in the late 1960s with keyboardist Terry Adams. The group’s first album, “NRBQ,” in 1969 included songs by rocker Eddie Cochran and jazz musician Sun Ra. The second album, “Boppin’ the Blues,” in 1970 teamed NRBQ with rockabilly legend Carl Perkins.
Ferguson left the group after the second album but returned several times while continuing on a solo career.