Bugs Henderson
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CELEBRATION OF BUGS LIFE - There will be a Celebration of Bugs Life where all are invited to gather and share stories, music, laughter & tears as we honor the life of Bugs Henderson. This will be held at Moore's Store in Ben Wheeler, Texas, on Tuesday, March 13th, beginning at 3pm going into the evening. The celebration of Bugs' life will be an open house event. Come and go at your leisure.". All are welcome. Casual attire. In fact, all are encouraged to wear their checked Van's or red tennis shoes to honor his classic style. ;-)

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Bugs Henderson who was born in California in 1943 and passed away on 09 March, 2012 at the age of 69. We will remember him forever.

Bugs Henderson was born in Palm Springs, California in 1943 and grew up in Tyler, Texas. Bugs had a burning desire to pick up the 6 string at an early age. At the age of 6 he discovered his first love. Beginning in the early 1960's he began working in a record store in Tyler. As a teen he would sneak out of the house against his fathers wishes just to catch live gigs in the local joints. Beginning his own band, the Sensors, at age 16 he soon joined his friend, Ronnie Weiss, in a band called Mouse and the Traps. Mouse and the traps charted its first song, "Public Execution" in 1966. This is where he earned his name "Bugs" over shadowing his real name Buddy.

By the end of the decade, Bugs had made the transition from fan to musician. As a house guitarist at the Robin Hood Studios, he played demo sessions behind numerous performers from country to rock.

Bugs' signature sound was beginning to define itself during the 1970s with the blues. Quoting Bugs, "Blues was all that mattered to me; no other music was worth a damn." During this time, Bugs moved from Tyler to Dallas in order to join the scene of a bar called The Cellar. "It's really hard to explain that place," Henderson remembers. "It was this big, black room. It had a red light that came on when the cops were coming in and another light for fights. The waitresses wore just bras and panties, but they ran three or four bands in a night and everybody played original music. We usually didn't leave until four in the morning, and there was no other place like it around. It was the best thing that happened to my music. I learned a lot."

Henderson went from small clubs to playing on stage opening for artists such as the Allman Brothers, B.B King, and Leon Russell. Henderson described it as "a big change."

Bugs and his love for blues got tired of the wide-open riff-oriented rock, and friend Freddie King began pushing for Henderson to start his own band. Bugs then assembled his first record "At Last" released on succession of 14 albums spanning over four decades.

Success and it's spoils began wreaking havoc on Bugs' life in the late 1970s. Bugs took time to take a good hard look at where his life was and where it was going. "Most of the people I ran with are dead, in jail, or just look terrible. With God's help and good friends, I came out of it, "Henderson says. Bugs Henderson lived in East Texas with his wife Patty and daughter Zoey. "The order of importance in his life is simple: Family, Music, Career. Bugs explains, "I couldn't have the life I have now and be a major star. Couldn't go to my kids' ball games. I wouldn't give up that for anything."

His mixture of searing blues, jazz ability, swing, funk, and just about everything else that can be played on six strings; Bugs had the ability to give his audience a sense of true musical art, applying enormous control over his tone and coloration.

Bugs played with guitar icons such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, Ted Nugent, Roy Buchanan, and James Burton. To this day, Bugs' guitar hangs in Hard Rock Cafe' in Dallas along side instruments donated by Lee Ritenouer and Chet Atkins.

"I tell people all the time that I know you're supposed to stop and smell the roses as you go though life, but in my case I stopped and moved into the garden."  -Bugs Henderson

Tributes and Condolences
Bugs, you are still working your magic!   / Mike R. (I use his Music! )
What can I say other than Bugs Henderson is still one of my favorite drugs of choice. I use his music to help me cope with "life as a human". Bugs... You left a legacy that will live forever I will remember your shows every time I hear ...  Continue >>
I Googled "Great Blues Guitar" and the results....   / Joseph Vreeland (California Fan )
..... had "Bugs Henderson". I went and bought every CD I could find. Great memories of our phone call. He asked me how someone in California knew his music, and I told him I Googled him! We had a laugh over that. I've even built a radio statio...  Continue >>
Enjoyed his Playing   / Bob Herren (None)
Picked up several of his CD at used store and enjoyed them so much I started researching the Great Music Man. Had 1st heard him on the Mar Y Sol Live Lp with John Nitzinger and was wowed! Then got the Live CD and 1-Other and traveled up to Ned ...  Continue >>
My Memory of Bugs   / Jack Dillon (Fan)
A few years back Bugs came to Fort Smith and played at the Rib Room. My wife and I got there just before he and the band were scheduled to start. The place was packed and as we entered I thought, we will never find a table. I scanned the room and ...  Continue >>
Bugs music goes on forever !   / Mike Lytle (friend)
Gotta keep playing Bugs music on my radio show !! "I Can't Stop Now" !!!! Thx for all your great music Bugs ... miss you.... to son Buddy, let me know what you're up to man.... keep the music going. Mike in KC
loved the music sad its over glad I got hear some  / Mike Peacock (fan)    Read >>
Remembering Bugs  / Willis L. Patton Jr. (Old Fan! )    Read >>
Bugs tore the roof off the Too Bitter  / Oak Stubbs (FAN)    Read >>
Missed / Pete Clinick (Fan)    Read >>
A guitar slinger of AWESOME stature.  / Ryan McNutt (Long time fan )    Read >>
A giant  / Jerry M. (Fan and friend )    Read >>
Thanks for playing Bugs  / Mike Smith (friend)    Read >>
We;ll miss you Bugs  / Jim Hudnut (Fan)    Read >>
Another Six-Stringer's Gone Home  / Larry Caskey (Pal & fellow musician )    Read >>
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