Weepin’ Willie Robinson, a bluesman and one of the New England scene’s most revered figures dies in a fire while smoking his last cigarette. Robinson, 81, the son of a sharecropper, an Army veteran, and a beloved bluesman lived a complicated live. During a “memorial jam” in his honor, “a steady stream of colleagues and friends... describe Robinson as a gentle, kind and beloved charmer. At the same time, other tales paint him as the proverbial “rolling stone,” a man who left his wife to raise their eight kids alone while he set out for a music career in the blues bars of Boston."
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