Bluesman Tabby Thomas dead at 84

BATON ROUGE, La. — Renowned bluesman Tabby Thomas died Jan. 1 at his home in Baton Rouge, La.

He was 84.

Mr. Thomas’s daughter, Joylyn Thomas Wright, said her father passed away ‘‘peacefully and of natural causes.”

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Tabby Thomas is best known for his Louisiana-style blues, a hard-driving blues influenced by Chicago bands.

He opened a music club in Baton Rouge called Tabby’s Blues Box, which closed in 2004 after Mr. Thomas had a stroke.

Mr. Thomas was married to Jocelyn Johnson Thomas for more than 50 years. She passed away in 2005. They had eight children and 20 grandchildren.

His son Chris Thomas King is also a musician known for his fusion of rap and blues.