Cancer returns for celebrated soul singer Curtis Salgado; lung surgery planned

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Award-winning soul blues singer/harmonica master Curtis Salgado will undergo surgery on July 18 in Portland, Oregon, to remove a cancerous growth from his lung, according to his manager Shane Tappendorf.

A partial lobectomy will be performed to remove a segment of Salgado’s left lung, where a metastasized mass was found. It is suspected to be the same type of cancerous mass that was removed from his lung in 2008. Salgado will be hospitalized for a period of four to six days and will require a recovery time of up to four weeks. Salgado and his doctors anticipate a complete recovery.

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: Curtis Salgado’s blistering new ‘Soul Shot’ album recently topped Nick DeRiso’s mid-year list of Top Blues and Jazz Albums for 2012.]

“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,” the 58-year-old Salgado wrote from his home this week. “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, who was diagnosed with liver cancer on March 23, 2006, underwent successful liver transplant surgery on September 30, 2006 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He was recently named winner of the 2012 Blues Music Award for Soul/Blues Artist of the Year.

Donations to help with Curtis’s expenses can be made online at: salgado-medical- fund. Donations can also be made to the Curtis Salgado Fund c/o Odaglas LLC Donation Account at all US Banks or by mail to US Bancorp, 2550 NW 188th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124. For additional information please visit and

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Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on Curtis Salgado. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: SOUL BLUES SHOUTER CURTIS SALGADO: Curtis Salgado, who has kicked off 2012 with a sizzling new soul-blues debut for Alligator Records, has never been fated with an uninteresting life. From an early stint playing alongside Robert Cray in 1976-82 to playing an inspirational role for John Belushi’s character in The Blues Brothers film, from sitting in for a pair of 1980s recordings by Roomful of Blues to a 1990s-era stint with Santana, Salgado’s narrative has been as eventful as it has been full of great music. The tale took a dark turn more recently, as the Portland, Oregon, resident battled cancer through the latter part of the last decade, but even then Salgado never lost his fiery determination. And the story continues.

CURTIS SALGADO – SOUL SHOT (2012): Bluesman Curtis Salgado, over a career that’s included stops with Robert Cray, Roomful of Blues and Santana, has always had an abiding love for R&B, hard soul and nasty funk. Soul Shot brings all of that together, in what turns out to be his best solo effort yet. Look no further than the opener, an ass-shaking Bobby Womack composition called “What You Gonna Do?” You’ll find Salgado howling with all of the emotional abandon and sexual tension of great shouters like Otis Redding, O.V. Wright and Wilson Pickett.

CURTIS SALGADO ON ROBERT CRAY, O.V. WRIGHT, CAB CALLOWAY AND ALBERT COLLINS: Salgado goes in depth on a signature influence in O.V. Wright, takes us inside the sessions that produced Cray’s debut recording — and then backstage with jump-blues legend Cab Calloway. Salgado also talks about working with Albert Collins, and the many influences that make up his unique brand of “rocking soul.”

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