Jo Ann Kelly (5, January 1944 — 21, October 1990).
English blues singer and guitarist favouring delta style rather than rocking out with a heavy band behind her, but with a huge voice, and a strong guitar.
Born in Streatham, London. She established a musical partnership with the British blues musician Tony McPhee, and appeared on two McPhee compiled albums for Liberty Records, “Me And The Devil” in 1968 and “I Asked for Water, She Gave Me Gasoline” in 1969.
At the end of the 1960s, with an album on a major record label in the United States, both Johnny Winter and Canned Heat tried to recruit Jo Ann into their ranks. However, she stayed and played the UK’s nightclub scene, and participated in many musical projects with her brother Dave Kelly and performed on the European circuit, with the guitarist Pete Emery or in bands, including the Terry Smith Blues Band.
In 1988, Jo Ann began to suffer from headaches. In 1989 she had an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour, she seemed to have recovered, but the following year she tragically collapsed and died after touring again with her brother.