Richard Bell, musician

Posted: June 20, 2007

Keyboardist and songwriter Richard Bell, 61, who played with Janis Joplin, has died of cancer in a Toronto hospital.

Mr. Bell died Friday after a long battle with multiple myeloma, said a longtime friend and fellow musician, Colin Linden.

His work included stints with some of rock's most legendary performers, including Joplin and The Band.

He began playing with Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band in 1970 and appeared on Pearl, her posthumously released album. He later joined The Band as a keyboardist and played on their albums Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation.

As a studio musician, he played with artists such as Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Joe Walsh, Paul Butterfield, the Cowboy Junkies, Bruce Cockburn, and Bonnie Raitt. In recent years he has been part of the Toronto jazz/blues group Pork Bellies Futures.

- AP

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