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Hiram Bullock

Born: 1955-09-11 - Died: 2008-07-25
Cause of Death:
Throat Cancer


Death Summary: Bullock died from complications related to throat cancer.

Who was Hiram Bullock : He was a jazz funk and jazz fusion guitarist. He is most known for his time on The David Letterman Show. Bullock also worked with Marcus Miller, Carla Bley, Miles Davis, Ruben Rada and Gil Evans.
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  1. Brent Goforth Says:

    I’m just so shocked and saddened by Hiram’s death. I had no idea he was struggling with cancer. I regret such a tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Rest in Peace, brother.

    Brent Goforth

  2. CHRIS CONNOLLY Says:

    RIP HIRAM,

    I HAVE TWO HBS GUITARS WHICH HAVE BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIVELY HOOD. THESE ARE MY MAIN AXES ALWAYS.THESE WOULD HAVE TO BE THE BEST COVERS GUITARS IN THE WORLD. I ALSO SOLD MANY OF THEM WHILST WORKING FOR LAMBERTI BROTHERS (AUSTRALIAN CORT DISTRIBUTOR). MET YOU WITH LARRY CORRYEL IN 2001 AT NAMM. THIS IS A TRAGIC LOSS OF A FINE MUSICIAN. MUCH LOVE AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO YOUR LOVED ONES. MAY YOU FOREVER REST IN PEACE

    CHRIS CONNOLLY
    SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

  3. Francis Catalano Says:

    Hiram took serious playing to a comedic level. Never lost site of the principle of communication via music. His art always felt good and never needed to be intellectualized. One funny mother-fucker

  4. LEROY CHISHOLM Says:

    REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER YOU ARE NOW PLAYING TO THE LORD

  5. Scotty Moran Says:

    Was hip to you from the start, a big influence on my playing. Dear Prudence took me to a different place. Caught you live with David Sanborn. Heard about your passing on a poster @ B.B. Kings in Times Square and it really affected me.

    Rest in Peace Bro!

  6. lou davis Says:

    in ’84 i was booking music at 7th ave south & became friendly with Hiram & many other of my idols.I have the greatest memories of 24th st band & Hirams band with Will & Logan & wolf etc. Hiram my friend you will be greatly missed but not forgotten…. ld

  7. Josh Rubin Says:

    I am deeply sadened. I have been a fan over many decades.

  8. alessia Says:

    I see Hiram play in rome 13 july 2008,I can not ever forget…and I dreamed of him immediately after his death, his guitar spoke…he will certainly be an angel and I hope to review him when I will go away too

  9. Karl Carrasco Says:

    I really will miss Hiram’s sound and his incredible energy. Cancer is such a hard way for anyone to go, especially such a talented person as Hiram was. I ran into him at NAMM briefly in 2001 also and he was such a nice man. My condolences to his family. Heaven has gotten a great guitarist in the band up there.

  10. Antoine Says:

    I’m sad…I saw him two times, Belgium with D.Sanborn and France for a little session in jazz academy from Nancy…know is music since 20 years now and really love his feeling, voice, and sound. Always ready to do “the big show”. I keep this image in my mind : always a large smile and an ocean of notes with sensetivety. RIP Hiram, much love for you always …

  11. Marcel Schembri Says:

    Just heard about tragic loss.Saw you twice at Malta Jazz Festival a great performer even under duress of a broken string with randy brecker.

  12. Paul.A.Pedone Jr Says:

    Peace Brother-I was just readin jazziz and found out Hiram passed away My heart is ripped I followed Hiram back in the days of the old David Sanborn I have all of Hirams music all I can say is God takes the best first guess he needed a guitarist in heaven Miss u bro always remembered!!Paul

  13. FabioFunk Oggioni Says:

    I’ve read only now about it. I’ve met him, the first time in Milano on 12th november in 1990. He was simply amazing !!! He played that night with Bill Evans, Victor Bailey, Mitchel Forman and Richie Morales. After the concert it was really cool to talk with him. I’ll miss him and his bad groove! Sorry not to have seen you brotha, with Jaco. Keepin’ alive the memories…

  14. cedricke dennis Says:

    big influence on my playing, especially after I “heard” his influence in Mike Sterns music. He’s been able to cover many genres genuinely, which isn’t easy. HE WILL BE MISSED!!….. RIP

  15. gary vetere Says:

    I’m shocked I just heard and I remember the first time I saw hiram at the bitter end with David Sandorn he stood out and all through the years with all the great guitar players in new york he truly was one of the best.

  16. Doug Warner Says:

    A true original on the guitar. You will missed.
    I always loved the way Hiram would come out into an audience and run and dance throughout the crowd you never felt he was showing off, he was just being himself and sharing with those he was playing for. My condolences to the family, God bless you as you mourn the loss.

  17. jeffrey lark Says:

    Hiram, God bless you and my friend Steve Logan, a great jam in Portland Oregon 1989, with David Sandborn, you always be remembered in my heart.

  18. Kevin M. Briody Says:

    Rest in Peace. Your talent is missed.

  19. Mark Monillas Says:

    Hiram,
    I loved seeing you play with David Sanborn, I’ll miss your wonderful soulful playing and great voice!
    My sincere condolences to your family on their Great Loss. I will miss you – but remember you in my heart! Play well in God’s Orchestra… I hope I get to see you there as well!

  20. Stan Workman Says:

    Hiram,
    One of the Greats!!!
    You’ll be missed.

  21. dave ross Says:

    I hope you’re with the Lord Hiram. Your charismatic performances will always be remembered!

  22. Skip Williams Says:

    I sadden to hear my old friend and teacher passed away last year,I have been out the loop for a while and was unaware of his passing.Myself alone with many others students miss dearly Hiram,rest my brother,rest.

  23. Michael O'Reilly Says:

    Hiram, your playing has touched me like no other. I think of you often and your influence will live on.Thank you for the music.

    You will be missed.

  24. Bill Kolinger Says:

    Hiram, your playing encouraged and strengthened me. You played from the heart and brought beauty and fire with your music. Every note counted. God gave you five talents of silver and you did not bury them. May the Lord Jesus spread His wings over your family and give them peace in this life and the next.

  25. Ruben Bellucca Says:

    Hi my old Friend. I hope your notes are your Music with you in the Univers, with our Soul who dance with You for Eternal Times. I remember when, with your encouragement, you v’e tille to me, “don’t stop to play Music, for Passion or, also for your activities, for business…What is important is Play Music to Live”….
    I’m really sad, because our opportunities to have your, as guest in Turin in AB Plus club, was not realty …for you fly now.. But, it seem, we v’e played music thogheter in any case…
    A great hugh …Your old Friend Ruben

  26. Vsevolod Sorokin, Russia Says:

    I am in deep depression, coz I have lost braza(
    RIP Hiram!

  27. Ciaran De Bhal Says:

    Never forget the first time I heard Hiram play on Sting’s cover of Little Wing, I got all choked up. Moved me big time. I looked up the Album Directory in HMV and ordered Give It What You Got on the strength of that solo. The Rep gave the album to me for nothin – the only copy in Ireland. Its my prized possession – still shrink wrapped. Some player, some influence on me. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

  28. Joe Bendik Says:

    RIP Hiram,
    I’m pretty late in the game in hearing about this, but it is shocking. I worked with him years ago on a project where I used samples of his old mate Jocko. He just blazed over these tracks. A true original.

  29. DJ THUNDERMIXX Says:

    I’m still shocked that a great and inspirational musician like him has left the world. For those who didn’t know, he also played with Phyllis Hyman. RIP

  30. Michael Marler Says:

    I am shocked! I had no idea that Hiram had shuffled off his mortal coil. Allways dug that cat and his unique style. First caught him on Letterman when I was a teen in the 80′s, and often hoped I would get a chance to play bass with him. Just awful news.

  31. marcus gardner Says:

    Marcus C. Gardner

  32. Paul Wagstaffe Says:

    I only just found out about Hiram’s death.I grew up listening to his work with David Sanborn and Marcus Miller. I also had no idea he was suffering with the evil cancer. His memory will live on.

  33. Clifford Paul Says:

    I was just listening to the live Manny’s Car Wash album when I checked the Internet and found out that Hiram passed away. What an extraordinary talent. He will be missed.

  34. Louis Macchiaverna Says:

    Attended UM with Hiram, lived in the same apartment complex near the airport. Saw him in local clubs and campus Ratskeller. He was a monster guitarist, nice guy too. Will miss him.

  35. Sal Ciccone Says:

    I remember going to the Lone Star Cafe in NYC and seeing Hiram with Will Lee and Ronnie Burrage, performing in honor of Jaco Pastorious. I was introduced to Hiram by a guitarist friend of mine and I remember telling him that I first heard him with the 24th Street Band in New Jersey and was so impressed with his unique style. To actually see Hiram play was motivating and so refreshing.
    I will always remember the fire in his playing and the influence he made on my drumming.

  36. Wally Ostrander Says:

    Rest in Peace you sweet soul!

  37. Dave Rader Says:

    I am saddened by the death of Hiram Bullock, but joyful at his leaving the earthly plane. His music and humor will always live. I’ve been listening to him alot lately but didn’t know he had passed. I saw him live at Oberlin College in the late 80′s, a great show and performer.

  38. Buzz Loftus Says:

    I was surprised to hear of Hiram’s death. I was knocking around iTunes store yesterday and clicked on a Hiram album link. Played a few tunes and remembered how much I enjoyed him on the Dave Letterman show way back when. What a great talent. He always seemed like he was in the moment and enjoying himself. Sorry to hear of his untimely passing. RIP Hiram! I can’t get enough of your funky stuff man!

  39. Paul Ford Says:

    Thanks for breaking in my first fender guitar and your friendship….WILL MISS YOU AND YOUR MUSIC A LOT.

  40. dario Says:

    truelly sorry to hear about hiram bullocks untimely demise one of the great players ever since the days of idriss muhammeds/ could heaven ever be like this.always an entertainer and showman.may u r.i.p.

  41. Jillian Duffield Says:

    I am sorry to hear of Hiram’s death. I loved him.

  42. Mike John Says:

    Hiram’s pass away is a real loss to this world as
    also for the music scene.
    He used to be a great musician and a lovely guy.

    R.I.P.

  43. MARV WILLIS Says:

    No other guitarist or musician got me pumped like Hiram! Loved and missed!!

  44. Paul Says:

    I was fortunate enough to see Hiram with Dave Sanborn in London very many years ago and remember fondly his joyous and immaculate playing.

    He was also responsible for what, in my humble opinion, is the most emotive and lyrical solo ever – on Sting’s version of Little Wing. Utterly magical.

    So long Hiram, and thank you

  45. Willie Lee Green Says:

    I had no idea he had passed away, please forgive me. I was listening to his cd way kool just less than 1 hour ago and I wondered what he has done lately. I googled his name and go this shocker. His sound was rock, metal, fusion, crossover to my ears. He had such enthusiasm. I first saw him on David Letterman. Then I noticed David Sanborn or so it seemed only came on when Hiram was on. And when the two of them were togehter they took control.

    He is missed.

    God bless ya Hiram. Thank you so very much for the music.

    W.

  46. Ralph DiCarpio Says:

    I met Hiram a few times at 7th Ave South when I rodied for Steps. The man knew his music, and how he could play it!

  47. Christopher... Says:

    Funky Funky Broadway man.

    A monster of the craft.

    Irreplaceable.

    Thanks and RespecT!

  48. Tim Scott Says:

    I am absolutely shocked to just now know of Hiram’s passing. I watch David Letterman as a you man just to hear him in the band. His sound and style of guitar playing was so so unlike any other! I will truly miss him! God bless his family.

  49. Carlos Santos Jr Says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing him in Sacramento when he was traveling with David Sanborn. he was a show in himself. such a tragic loss….RIP Hiram…

  50. jubal reade Says:

    I heard something that made me wonder about his health, but disregarded it as so unlikely a problem as he was so young and healthy looking last time I saw him. I just learned the truth and am shocked and dismayed. But mostly deeply Saddened. Hiram-Rest-in-peice Brother!!!!!

  51. Enoch R. Cook, A.K.A.: Pancho Says:

    2/19/11
    I went to Poly High school with Hiram back in ’70-’71, and later I and I meet Hiram back stage when he was playing with Phoebe Snow, and David Sanborn as second billing to Paul Simon in concert at Madison Square Garden, NY. At the time, I was performing in Ringling Bros. Circus touring as an Equistrian Clown at an engagement at Madision Square Garden and on my day off I went to check on a prop at the Guarden and to my surprise I found Hiram performing a Sound check prior to the show at the Guarden. Phoeby asked me to show her the tigers which I did and the security was so tight I was politely asked to leave, but Phoeby’s husband gave me the shirt off his back as a pass for security and I was allowed to stay. At the conclusion, of the concert a P/R Rep from A & M Records came back stage walked in the dressing Room and told Hirma and David that the tour before and after the record album would be cancelled with Phoeby and she would go on and be promoted as a solo artist with a Vegas immage. Also, Hiram and David would stay in NY as a studio group and back up any body coming through as a touring artist. At the time, Hiram was crushed in partially in tears and I helped my friend carrying his amp out of the Garden. However, no one realize at the time 20 years later it was the greatest professional move that could be made and that Phoeby would give birth to a child who had a birth defect which she altermately sacfriced her career for and Hiram and David would excell and eventually become solo artist in their own right. From that point, I always looked at Hiram and Stewart Smith as one of two of my few and very few friends that made it in music to the big time and all the way to the top.

    Over the years from time to time I would have the opportunity to see Hiram perform- at Merriweather Post in Columbia, MD; Rosemount Horizio in Chicago, IL; and Hiram closed the Baked Potato in Hollywood, CA where I lived for 16 years. I wrote a Sci-Fi, Screenplay with Hiram in mind performing the lead unfortunately by the time it was finished so was Hiram. I did not know Hriam had passed until six-nine months after the fact and just finding a sign in book.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Enoch Cook, A.K.A.: Pancho
    CEO Noch-Noch Productions
    410-366-0777

  52. Enoch R. Cook, A.K.A.: Pancho Says:

    2/19/11
    I went to Poly High school with Hiram back in ’70-’71, and later I meet Hiram back stage when he was playing with Phoebe Snow, and David Sanborn as second billing to Paul Simon in concert at Madison Square Garden, NY. At the time, I was performing in Ringling Bros. Circus touring as an Equistrian Clown at an engagement at Madision Square Garden and on my day off I went to check on a prop at the Guarden and to my surprise I found Hiram performing a Sound check prior to the show at the Guarden. Phoeby asked me to show her the tigers which I did and the security was so tight I was politely asked to leave, but Phoeby’s husband gave me the shirt off his back as a pass for security and I was allowed to stay. At the conclusion, of the concert a P/R Rep from A & M Records came back stage walked in the dressing Room and told Hirma and David that the tour before and after the record album would be cancelled with Phoeby and she would go on and be promoted as a solo artist with a Vegas immage. Also, Hiram and David would stay in NY as a studio group and back up any body coming through as a touring artist. Hiram was crushed partially in tears and I helped my friend carry his amp out of the Garden. However, no one realize then that 20 years later it was the greatest professional move that could be made and that Phoeby would give birth to a child who had a birth defect which she altermately sacfriced her career for and Hiram and David would excell and eventually become solo artist in their own right. From that point on, I always looked at Hiram and Stewart Smith as one of two of my few and very few friends that made it in music to the big time and all the way to the top.

    Over the years from time to time I would have the opportunity to see Hiram perform- at Mearryweather Post in Columbia, MD; Rosemount Horizon in Chicago, IL; and the Baked Potato in Hollywood CA; where I lived for 16 years. I wrote a Sci-Fi, Screenplay with Hiram in mind performing the lead unfortunately by the time it was finished so was Hiram. I did not know Hriam had passed until six-nine months after the fact and just finding a sign in book.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Enoch Cook, A.K.A.: Pancho
    CEO Noch-Noch Productions
    410-366-0777

  53. Larcher Laurent Says:

    Dear Hiram.
    Since I first saw you playing in Paris (FRANCE), july 8th 1986 in Dave Sanborn’s Band, my vision of music and playing live has changed. You’ve always been along with me anywhere and whatever I was playing. You are my Master for ever.
    Laurent Larcher – el. and ac. bass player (France)

  54. Douglas Jones Says:

    I loved his stage presence!

  55. patrick jockel Says:

    Incredible artist

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