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He moved to Grenada at age 11 and met Magic Sam, an older guitarist and influential blues figure. Sam taught him about the instrument and gave him his first job as a bass player years later when he first moved to Chicago.

He didn’t make his first recordings until 1966. He released his first album, “Born Under A Bad Sign,” on a French label in 1977 and put out an album of original songs and covers, “Bad Boy,” last year.

Salzman said that bleeding ulcers sent Holt to the hospital, but that he also suffered from heart, lung and kidney ailments.


Scolforo reported from Harrisburg, Pa. AP Music Writer Chris Talbott contributed to this report.