Hiram Bullock was a guitarist who played in various genres, from jazz and rock to soul and funk. He was also a member of the original band for Late Night with David Letterman. He died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 52. This article will explore his life, career, and cause of death.
A Musical Journey from Japan to New York
Hiram Bullock was born on September 11, 1955, in Osaka, Japan, to African American parents serving in the U.S. military. He moved to Baltimore, Maryland, when he was two years old and showed musical talent at an early age. He played piano, saxophone, and bass guitar before switching to electric guitar at age 16. He studied at the University of Miami, where he met other musicians such as Pat Metheny, Steve Morse, Jaco Pastorius, and Will Lee. He moved to New York in 1976 and started working as a session musician and a sideman for various artists.
A Member of the World’s Most Dangerous Band
Hiram Bullock became best known for playing guitar in the house band for Late Night with David Letterman, which was called the World’s Most Dangerous Band. He joined the show in 1982, when it debuted on NBC, and stayed for two years. He was known for his soulful and adaptable playing style, as well as his barefoot appearance. He left the show in 1984, reportedly due to an attendance problem. He later said that he enjoyed the experience, but felt that it limited his creativity and freedom.
A Collaborator with Many Stars
Hiram Bullock worked with many famous musicians and bands, both in the studio and on stage. He played on albums by Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Sting, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Michael Franks, and many others. He also performed live with Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Harry Belafonte, Marcus Miller, Carla Bley, and more. He was a versatile and expressive guitarist who could play in different styles and genres, from jazz and rock to soul and funk. He was also a singer and a songwriter, and released several solo albums, such as From All Sides (1986), Way Kool (1990), and Too Funky 2 Ignore (2007).
A Courageous Battle with Cancer
Hiram Bullock was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in 2007, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. He continued to perform and record music, despite his illness. He played his last show on July 4, 2008, in Germany, with drummer Billy Cobham. He died on July 25, 2008, in New York City, according to his partner Jennifer Armstrong. He was 52 years old.
A Legacy of Music and Inspiration
Hiram Bullock was a musician who lived a full and meaningful life. He was a guitarist who played with passion and versatility. He was a friend and a colleague who was respected and admired by many. He was a man who faced his challenges with courage and optimism. He was a man who inspired others with his music and his spirit. He was a man who left a legacy of music and inspiration for his fans and friends. He will be remembered for his smile, his laugh, and his talent.