Hiram Bullock was funky, jazzy and, according to those who should know, great.
On Late Show with David Letterman this past week, Paul Shaffer paid the guitarist the highest compliment by linking his name to the "H" word. For Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix.
Shaffer and Bullock went way back. In 1982, when David Letterman launched his first night-owl show, Late Night, Shaffer hired Bullock to play with the "World's Most Dangerous Band." As an original member of the TV outfit, Bullock jammed with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sly Stone, even Andy Kaufman.
Bullock, long bedeviled by a drug problem, per the New York Times, left the band in 1984. But he remained a friend of the show, and remained an in-demand guitarist, laying down tracks for Sting, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and many, many more. In 2001, he played with Spinal Tap at Carnegie Hall. Bullock also enjoyed a successful solo career.
Bullock, who'd been diagnosed with tongue cancer, the Times reported, died July 25 of an undetermined cause. He was 52. A memorial service was scheduled for Tuesday in New York City.
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