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Nationality: American
Born: May 24 1945
Died: Oct 28 2012 (67 years old)


Biography

Terry Callier was an American jazz, soul and folk guitarist, singer and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. A childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, Callier began recording in 1963 but never reached stardom despite a series of regional hits in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1983, he decided to retire from music due to personal reasons. He re-emerged from obscurity when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play them in clubs in the early 90s. Acid Jazz Records head Eddie Pillar brought Callier to play clubs in Britain beginning in 1991 and he started to make regular trips over to ... Read more

Terry Callier was an American jazz, soul and folk guitarist, singer and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. A childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, Callier began recording in 1963 but never reached stardom despite a series of regional hits in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1983, he decided to retire from music due to personal reasons. He re-emerged from obscurity when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play them in clubs in the early 90s. Acid Jazz Records head Eddie Pillar brought Callier to play clubs in Britain beginning in 1991 and he started to make regular trips over to play during his vacation time from work.

He released Best Bit EP in 1997 and the album Timepeace in 1998, which won the United Nations’ Time For Peace award for outstanding artistic achievement contributing to world peace. Curiously, his colleagues at the University of Chicago never learned of Callier’s life as a musician, but after the award the news his secret life as a musician became widely known and lead to the loss of his university job.

Terry Callier passed away on Sunday, October 28 after a long illness.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Terry Callier was an American jazz, soul and folk guitarist, singer and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. A childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, Callier began recording in 1963 but never reached stardom despite a series of regional hits in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1983, he decided to retire from music due to personal reasons. He re-emerged from obscurity when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play them in clubs in the early 90s. Acid Jazz Records head Eddie Pillar brought Callier to play clubs in Britain beginning in 1991 and he started to make regular trips over to play during his vacation time from work.

He released Best Bit EP in 1997 and the album Timepeace in 1998, which won the United Nations’ Time For Peace award for outstanding artistic achievement contributing to world peace. Curiously, his colleagues at the University of Chicago never learned of Callier’s life as a musician, but after the award the news his secret life as a musician became widely known and lead to the loss of his university job.

Terry Callier passed away on Sunday, October 28 after a long illness.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Terry Callier was an American jazz, soul and folk guitarist, singer and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. A childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, Callier began recording in 1963 but never reached stardom despite a series of regional hits in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1983, he decided to retire from music due to personal reasons. He re-emerged from obscurity when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play them in clubs in the early 90s. Acid Jazz Records head Eddie Pillar brought Callier to play clubs in Britain beginning in 1991 and he started to make regular trips over to play during his vacation time from work.

He released Best Bit EP in 1997 and the album Timepeace in 1998, which won the United Nations’ Time For Peace award for outstanding artistic achievement contributing to world peace. Curiously, his colleagues at the University of Chicago never learned of Callier’s life as a musician, but after the award the news his secret life as a musician became widely known and lead to the loss of his university job.

Terry Callier passed away on Sunday, October 28 after a long illness.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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