Bob Guida, the great blues guitarist and singer, a jovial and powerful presence in the Brooklyn music scene for decades, died last night. Shlomo Pestcoe posted the following announcement to the NY bluegrass and old-time list:
As some of you may have heard, Bob Guida passed away yesterday, Wednesday, March 11th. Bob had a heart attack as he was setting up his equipment to do a performance at a local library.
As per the Guida family’s wishes, Bob’s funeral and wake this weekend will be a small private familial function. Of course, there will be a larger memorial sometime in the near future. However, it’s too early to discuss or organize such an event. Please understand that everyone is still very much in a state of shock and distraught over Bob’s sudden passing.
Jim Garber and I are planning to set up a memorial site for Bob on Facebook asap. We’ll let folks know when it’s up.
All of our love and best wishes go out to Phylis Guida (Bob’s widow) and the Guida family in their tragic loss.
Rest in peace, Bob. You are sorely missed by your many friends and loved ones.
“Bob loved performing and making people happy with his wonderful music and singing,” Shlomo said in a Facebook posting. “It was Bob’s fondest wish that when his time came, he would be able to take his leave of this world while on stage. And yesterday his wish was granted. He will be sorely missed.”
Eli Smith interviewed Bob along with fellow Otis Brother Pat Conte last year. You can see video of the interview and follow a bunch of great links at the Down Home Radio site.