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Bruce Hampton
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Bruce Hampton in 2008, Blacksburg, VA Photo: Roger Gupta
Background information
Birth name Gustav Valentine Berglund III
Born April 30, 1947
Knoxville, Tennessee
Died May 1, 2017(2017-05-01) (aged 70)
Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Rock, fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1960s–2017
Labels Brato Ganibe, Capricorn, Columbia
Associated acts Hampton Grease Band
Late Bronze Age
New Ice Age
Aquarium Rescue Unit
The Fiji Mariners
The Quark Alliance
The Codetalkers
The Pharaoh Gummitt
The Madrid Express

Bruce Hampton (born Gustav Valentine Berglund III; April 30, 1947 – May 1, 2017) was an American musician.


In the late 1960s he was a founding member of Atlanta, Georgia's avant-garde Hampton Grease Band. Adopting the moniker Colonel Hampton B. Coles, Retired or alternatively Col. Bruce Hampton Ret., and sometimes playing a sort of dwarf guitar called a "chazoid", he later formed several other bands. Some of those band names include The Late Bronze Age, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Fiji Mariners, The Codetalkers, The Quark Alliance, Pharaoh Gummitt, and Madrid Express.


On May 1, 2017, Hampton was being honored with a concert featuring his friends at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia for his 70th birthday when he collapsed on-stage of a heart attack during an encore performance of "Turn on Your Lovelight." As a result, Hampton lay slumped over an amplifier on the edge of the stage for several minutes before he was taken offstage for medical attention; because people thought he was joking. He died shortly thereafter at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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