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One of the best ever!  / Ed Breiger (Bugs Fan )  Read >>
One of the best ever!  / Ed Breiger (Bugs Fan )
I saw Bugs at Joey's in Tulsa many years ago...he absolutely blew me away.  I've been a Bugs fan ever since.  The man can play it all.  He certainly will be missed.  My condolences to the family & thank you for sharing him with us.  Close
Thanks for the Inspiration.  / Lister J. Victory (Electric Guitar )  Read >>
Thanks for the Inspiration.  / Lister J. Victory (Electric Guitar )
The first time I saw Bugs perform was in 1986 at the Fairgrounds in Tulsa. I went home that night and practiced my guitar every day for a year straight and seeing Bugs is what inspired me to move forward with my guitar playing. I had the good fortune of seeing Bugs perform numerous times in Tulsa and the last time saw him was at the Sooner Theater in Norman, OK. Bugs was truly one of the best guitar players to ever come out of Texas.  Close
Guitarist & pickup builder  / Seymour Duncan (Band Buddie )  Read >>
Guitarist & pickup builder  / Seymour Duncan (Band Buddie )
Oh Bugs! I sure do miss you, your calls and great music... It was a great honor to perform and record with you (Honky Tonk) with so many of your other great friends... all my crew misses you and you'll always be in our hearts... Love ya Bugs! Close
Another Blues sing come home  / Paul Reagan (admirer)  Read >>
Another Blues sing come home  / Paul Reagan (admirer)
I was 14 and sneaking into a club in Dallas to play  across the street was the Cellar   We   would go in there to watch Bugs play slide with somebody's  drink from a table Many a night I would closed down the Cellar listening to his sweet guitar licks Close
"Bugs was the very best"!  / Cary Adair (Friend and Big fan )  Read >>
"Bugs was the very best"!  / Cary Adair (Friend and Big fan )
I remember hearing bugs over 41 times in the eighties. He would play at Sam's truck stop in Ft worth and everyone there would give him standing ovations...I got to know he and Rockin Ron Thompson and Bobby Chitwood quite well. Bugs would always treat me like a son and he would always make a point of asking about the family. One time after I had  seen him at Billy bob's for an easter celebration, he asked me if I wanted to come on stage and jam with him (I played the drums) but I was too scared.  RIP Bugs! you will be missed and I will never ever get rid of any of your CD's! Close
Bugs joins SRV Heavenly jammin'  / Rod Blackburn (fan)  Read >>
Bugs joins SRV Heavenly jammin'  / Rod Blackburn (fan)

My condolences to Patty, family, and friends:

Heaven's best current attraction is Buggs jammin with SRV. I saw him first in early 1980's in Lubbock, bought an album, and have been a fan ever since. I lost a good friend a year ago who loved Buggs music and this is a reminder. He was such a nice guy to talk with.

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A Great Talent Has Left Us Too Soon  / Jon Early Ligon (Friend)  Read >>
A Great Talent Has Left Us Too Soon  / Jon Early Ligon (Friend)
I was so sorry to hear of Bug's passing. He was very supportive when he found out I had cancer. We spoke for a long time back stage at the guitar show last year. I am sorry to say it was the last time my wife Susan and I saw him. My dear friend Michael Hossack (Doobie Bros Drummer) died Monday. I hope they can have a special Jam in Heaven with my old friend Stevie Ray. Won't that be special. Jon Early Close
Heaven is ROCKIN DA BLUES!!!!!!!!!  / Rey Reyna (Fan)  Read >>
Heaven is ROCKIN DA BLUES!!!!!!!!!  / Rey Reyna (Fan)
RIP BUGS HENDERSON!!!! Close
May your music live on my dear old friend.  / Christine Garcia (Texas Friend )  Read >>
May your music live on my dear old friend.  / Christine Garcia (Texas Friend )
I heard you play in Texas, but we did not become friends until I moved to Chicago. I enjoyed going back and forth with you on Facebook and always loved your style and your music. May your music live on and may you be painfree where ever you are now my friend. You will be missed. Close
Un excellent souvenir de tes passages chez nous  / Jean-Marc And Delphine Fontaine (friends from France )  Read >>
Un excellent souvenir de tes passages chez nous  / Jean-Marc And Delphine Fontaine (friends from France )
Nous garderons un excellent souvenir de ses concerts au Croque-notes de Martinsart et de sa soirée d'anniversaire chez nous et pensons aussi à toi sa chère et tendre épouse ! Close
I'm Missing Bugs  / Tom Terrific (Friend)  Read >>
I'm Missing Bugs  / Tom Terrific (Friend)
Only had the chance to play with Bugs a few times, but it was the most fun you could legally or illegally have! I will always miss you Bugs, you treated like I was your best friend! God has a special place in Heaven just for you! Will post a song for Bugs on reverbnation.com/tommycole Close
So, so much  / Nic Wheeler (friend/fan)  Read >>
So, so much  / Nic Wheeler (friend/fan)
He treated me like a friend the very first time I met him and fortunately that never changed. He made me not only a better guitar player, but a better human being by encouraging me to stop all those "indulgences" that I had trapped myself into. I wrote him many times to thank him just for that alone and he always responded kindly and amusingly to me. His music and warm wit will be missed by so many of us. Thank God we got to be blessed with his presence for the short time we were. Close
See ya mate  / Pete Forrest (Fan)  Read >>
See ya mate  / Pete Forrest (Fan)
To the Henderson Family
First of all I would like to offer my condolences to Bug's family. He will be missed by so many people that have had the good luck to have come across his music.
I first heard of him playing with John Nitzinger on an album called Mar Y Sol doing Jelly Roll Blues and was hooked ever since. Had hoped to see him next year when I am going to the US. but that is not to be. Hope all goes well in this difficult time.

Regards

Pete Forrest

Adelaide

South Australia Close
There really are no adequate words....  / David Morgan (Acquaintance)  Read >>
There really are no adequate words....  / David Morgan (Acquaintance)
I recorded a couple of 'live' (really live, as in direct to stereo) CDs for Bugs many years ago, as the front of house engineer for Poor David's Pub in Dallas, Texas. Neither were big sellers, but both were positively reviewed and contained extraordinary talent and un-duplicable moments of guitar mastery. It never ceases to amaze me, that even though this man was extremely well known among the greatest rock and blues guitar players of the world, he never actually travelled the road to fame. (Speaking of which, "The Road" was one of Bugs' finest original tunes - a mighty story of truth about the music business). The likes of Eddie VH and Ted Nugent would drop in on his shows, yet Bugs himself never did climb the ladder to national notoriety. He will be missed by many and his talent is irreplaceable. My condolences to the family and to all who shared his short time on the planet...  RIP. Close
Bugs set the bar high  / Mark Sundland (Fan)  Read >>
Bugs set the bar high  / Mark Sundland (Fan)
I first saw Bugs at Fannie Ann's in the late 70's and my friends and I became regulars wherever he played up and down Greenville Ave.  Those were some amazing performances.  One memorable night in 1980, just days after John Lennon's murder, Bugs played an emotional, scorching tribute version of Day Tripper, tears streaming down his face, bare feet digging into that shag carpet.  It was one of those transcendent musical moments that you remember for a lifetime.  A few years ago Bugs played at Danelectros in Houston and I made a pilgrimage there to see him for the first time in many many years.  I approached him at one of the breaks and related that story to him, and a look of surprise and recognition came over his face.  Yes, he remembered that specific night very well he said, and he thanked me for reminding him.  He was so kind and gracious to an old fan, and I will never forget that night either.  I drove 300 miles to see him for the last time in Abilene last August.  Bugs made a huge impression on me as a teenager and set the bar so high for my musical taste that persists to this day.  He was authentic, original, stubbornly independent, a true inspiration in so many ways.  He had a gift, and was a gift to others.  What better words can be said of a human being?  Close
I can't believe it... I'm crying and this sucks  / Bud Rozell (Dear fan )  Read >>
I can't believe it... I'm crying and this sucks  / Bud Rozell (Dear fan )
I was fortunate to witness Bus and his band play around Dallas many times in the 70's and early 80's. I have radio tapes, a 45 single, 3 Lp's, a VHS of him sitting in with Fredie King at the Cain Ballroom inTulsa 1975, and 7 CD's (8 including the Nitzinger Porta Rico Album with Jelly Roll). I'll be buying more because unfortunately the supply tap is closed . I'll always remember the live performances as being the best, he impressed me, so many of my friends, and a few dates. I presented him with some of my artwork commemorating his image and he accepted them graciously no matter what became of them. If you could find him between sets he was always modest and a gentleman. He was focused on whatever it was that he was focused on so those moments were short. But he was especially focused when he was on stage, and I was focussed on him being on stage. I remember him concluding his performances with, "Thank you, good night and God bless". And my God he could play! Such tone, feeling and precision. The songs were always so soulful that you could't help but sing or cry along with them, or at least drink along with them. He sang truth as it was in that time and place. His tone still haunts me as much as Jimi Hendrix's does. His precision was note perfect as Johnny Winter's (which whom he shared the stage). His phrasing, though reminiscent of Freddie King's, was so imaginative and classy that it stands as a testament to an original master like no other, yet comparative to those I've just mentioned. It never wavered, listen to his early songs such as Bopping' The Blues one of his later tracks such as Blue Casino and you know the guy was a mater throughout it his lifelong career. My favorite was Anthem for The Blues. I'm kicking myself in the ass for not staking my father to see him concert and for not seeing him in concert a few more times before his untimely demise. As a friend of sort's and a true fan it's important to me that I say to you Mr. Henderson, Thank you, good night and God bless. Close
Blues Lover  / Phillip Godbey (Friend)  Read >>
Blues Lover  / Phillip Godbey (Friend)
Gonna miss you Bugs. Glad Buddy and Nitz are still on this earth to remember you. Thanks for 40 years of da blues. Close
Booking Agent - Gruene Hall  / Tracie Ferguson (talent buyer )  Read >>
Booking Agent - Gruene Hall  / Tracie Ferguson (talent buyer )
Gruene Hall loved Bugs. When he was on the schedule we all had something to look forward to. We will miss him dearly. RIP my friend. Close
Bugs Henderson played with John Nittzinger  / MIke Brown (Fan)  Read >>
Bugs Henderson played with John Nittzinger  / MIke Brown (Fan)
To think that this guy had played with Nitzinger way back in the day...

I got to see him at the old Casbeers in San Antonio a some years ago. Something else was going on in town that night, and the crowd was only about 40 people tops. It was one of the greatest shows I have ever seen of his. We were up close and personal sitting at a table right in front of the tiny stage. It was so memorable. We all will never forget that performance.

He WILL be terribly missed. Close
Met Bugs in the '90s in Colorado  / Karen Clark (Fan)  Read >>
Met Bugs in the '90s in Colorado  / Karen Clark (Fan)
My husband, Bruce/Rocky, and I met Bugs in Woodland Park and fell in love with his honest presence and raw musicality.  He and his family always took time to visit with the audience.  When we learned he lived close to my brother (in East Texas) we became a family of "Bugs Fans" (in Colorado and Texas).  We told everyone we knew about Bugs and his "Red guitar" and his son, Buddy (another MASTER).  My husband & I spent many a late night "loving" to Bugs' many HOT licks.  My husband passed in November, now I can be assurred that the two of them are enjoying each others' company.  Our condolences go out to his family.  He will be sorely missed.  I am thankful to have every CD he ever published and will enjoy the many memories of his presence and the joy he brought my wonderful husband. Close
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