Award-winning soul singer Curtis Salgado will undergo surgery this month to remove a cancerous growth from his lung, and doctors anticipate he will make a complete recovery.
This is a third bout with cancer for Salgado, who was previously treated for lung cancer in 2008 and liver cancer in 2006, which required liver transplant surgery.
Fans and friends of the soul legend have set up a fund to help cover medical expenses, which will be considerable. The Curtis Salgado Medical Fund is accepting donations via PayPal, major credit cards, and checks can also be written to fund. All denominations are accepted and appreciated and will go directly towards helping defray the costly surgical procedure.
"I am extremely grateful for the overwhelming support of my family, friends and fans and the courageous people that have faced this fight before me," Salgado wrote from his home. "I also want to thank the promoters and venues for their understanding regarding my medical situation. We will do our best to reschedule all of our performances affected by my surgery."
Salgado's latest album Soul Shot was released earlier this year on Alligator Records and it's one of my favorites. He has won numerous awards and honors throughout his career that included a stint with the Robert Cray Band, Roomful of Blues, and Santana. He is also credited as being the inspiration for John Belushi's character of Joliet Jake in The Blues Brothers.
I've had the privilege of seeing him perform in Memphis and had the privilege of sharing a few moments and a cab with him (as well as Kate Moss and blues producer, writer, and historian Dick Shurman) before and after. He's simply one of the best singers in the world and was very gracious and kind to me, despite what I imagine was a very starstruck, awestruck look on my face throughout. I hope you'll join in sending Curtis your prayers, thoughts, good will, best wishes, and if you have the means, contribute to his medical fund. Get well soon, Curtis. I'll meet you back in Memphis.