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Blues Guitarist "Mean Gene" Kelton Dies in Houston-area Crash

Posted: 12-29-10Category:

It turns out that the man who died in the collision with the Crosby school bus was noted Blues Guitarist "Mean Gene" Kelton.   Kelton, who was one of the top blues guitarists in Texas, died when trying to pass another vehicle on FM 2100 and his vehicle collided head-on with a Crosby school bus transporting a girls’ basketball team Tueseday night. Kelton, based in Houston, had been planning a New Year’s Eve bash at a club in Crosby. The long-haired, bearded Kelton was known for such songs as Too White to Play the Blues, Tears on My Guitar and Going Back to Memphis. He and his band, the Die Hards, were known for their performances of Southern rock and Texas blues across the United States.

Kelton, driving a sport utility vehicle, was killed in the wreck at 8:45 p.m. at FM 2100 at Tall Cedars. Twelve people on the bus nine players of the Crosby High School 9th-grade girls basketball team, the coach, the coach's daughter and the 69-year-old driver - were taken to an area hospital, said Sgt. Glen Wolverton with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Rest in Peace Mean Gene--you will be missed.

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