Mose Allison in 1970; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Mose Allison, the blues and jazz pianist, singer and songwriter who influenced generations of musicians, has passed away at age 89.

Rolling Stone reports Allison’s daughter confirmed her father’s death from natural causes.

Though largely unknown to even the most ardent rock and roll fan, Mississippi-born Allison began his career playing in New York with jazz greats of the 1950s, then in 1963 released his first album that featured him both playing and singing. It immediately attracted the attention of the British Invasion generation of blues-based rockers, including The Who, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and more.

Dozens of Allison albums followed over the ensuing decades, with his songs covered by laundry list of artists. The Who’s “Young Man Blues,” from Live at Leeds, is an Allison composition. Others covering his songs include Elvis Costello, The Clash, Van Morrison, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer and many others.

Rolling Stone quotes The Who’s Pete Townshend from a forthcoming interview as saying, “”Mose was a huge, huge crush of mine. I just loved him. I loved everything he did. I did exactly the same thing.”

Allison never stopped performing and recording. His final album was last year’s American Legend, Live in California.

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