Masaki Rush, wife of Otis Rush announced that on September 29, 2018 Mr. Rush, one of the most influential Chicago blues artists of all time passed away due to complications from a stroke which he initially suffered in 2003.

Known as a key architect of the Chicago "West Side Sound' Rush exemplified the modernized minor key urban blues style with his slashing, amplified jazz-influenced guitar playing, high-strained passionate vocals and backing by a full horn section. Rush's first recording in 1956 on Cobra Records 'I Can't Quit You Baby' reached #6 on the Billboard R&B Charts and catapulted him to international acclaim. He went on to record a catalog of music that contains many songs that are now considered blues classics.

The family requests privacy at this difficult time and will announce more details at a future date. Cards and condolences may be sent to the Rush family to the address below.

Rush Family
c/o Bates Meyer, Inc.
PO Box 2821
Big Bear Lake,
California USA 92315


OF OTIS RUSH 85th Birthday Tribute
featuring "The Cobra Sessions"

On Wednesday April 24th at 8pm
we will be celebrating the Life and Music
of Otis Rush at SPACE
at 1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202.

To honor his legacy and celebrate what would have been his 85th birthday, a group of prominent Chicago musicians and a few special guests will be performing the songs from his 1956-58 Classic Cobra Records recordings. Tickets go on sale on Friday February 22nd. Pre-Sale tickets have been made available to visitors and can be purchased between now and February 22nd at
using the Code Word: TOPS Seating is limited, it is strongly suggested you get your tickets early.