Longtime Denver-based bluesman David Booker passed away over the weekend due to complications from prostate cancer. He had battled the disease for several years but never stopped playing.

Originally from Manchester, England, he arrived in Colorado in 1981.

Throughout his career in England and in the U.S., David backed two Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Bo Diddley and Del Shannon, as well as Dr John, Solomon Burke, Rufus Thomas, Sir Mack Rice (writer of “Mustang Sally”), Billy J Kramer and Dave (“The Crying Game”) Berry. The amazing left-handed guitarist opened for Los Lobos,

John Mayall, Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, A.C Reed, and many other legends of the Blues.

He hosted radio shows on KUVO including “All Blues,” “Jazz On the Edge,” and “The R & B Jukebox.” He hosted the Monday night blues jam at El Chapultepec for years, and David was a three-time “Best Of Westword” winner. He was presented with the Colorado Blues Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

David Booker, Rest in Peace!

There will be a Celebration of Life that will take place on Sunday, December 3rd at the Mercury Cafe.

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