Obituary: Lowell Fulson

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IN JONATHAN Keates's article about Handel on the Independent arts pages [16 March], he remarks, in reference to misperceptions of the relative merits of Bach and Handel, "one German baroque composer in a big white wig looks very like another", writes Nick Kimberley. Something similar seems to have applied when it comes to putting a picture with the otherwise generous obituary about Lowell Fulson [16 March], by Paul Trynka: the moody, bespectacled hunk with furry collar and cuffs is, in fact, David Ruffin of the Temptations, not Fulson.

Nevertheless it's good to see serious space devoted to an under-rated bluesman. One detail in the obituary does not ring true: it was not Fulson's success with "Reconsider Baby" that made his band member Ray Charles turn solo. Fulson had a hit with "Reconsider Baby" in 1954, by which time Charles was long gone from his band and already making a big name for himself at Atlantic. And it's a slight shame that Trynka doesn't mention Fulson's 1968 recording of the Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?", a track that turned on its head the meaningless question "Can white men sing the blues?" In this case, Fulson sang white rock better than most white practitioners.

We apologise for the error with the illustration, which was due to a misidentification by the picture agency.