Remembering Dave Alexander – aka Omar Sharif
The blues (and the music) world lost another integral part as Dave Alexander, aka Omar Sharif, died on January 8th at the age of 73. Sadly, he died of what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. He was found at his home in Marshall, Texas. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he grew up in Marshall, Texas. He spent some time in the US Navy before ending up in the Bay Area, playing with many San Francisco area musicians. An accomplished pianist, He played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton. He recorded 7 albums of great blues as either himself, or under his stage name of Omar Sharif. A tragic loss.
One of his more famous songs is “The Raven”.