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Chicago bluesman Son Seals shot, wife charged

January 7, 1997

CHICAGO (AP) _ Frank ``Son″ Seals, a pillar of Chicago’s vibrant blues scene, was shot in the jaw and authorities charged his wife with battery.

The 54-year-old guitar player and vocalist was in serious condition today in the intensive care unit at Christ Hospital in suburban Oak Lawn.

A hospital spokeswoman said she didn’t know if the wound would affect Seals’ singing ability.

Police said Seals’ wife, Johnnie, shot him Sunday during a quarrel at their South Side home. Mrs. Seals, 60, was arrested shortly after the shooting and was charged Monday with aggravated battery with a firearm.

Seals, a mainstay of the Chicago blues club scene who moved to the city from Osceola, Ark., is known for electrifying performances and muscular guitar work.

He has released eight albums as a band leader, all on the Alligator label. His latest, ``Live _ Spontaneous Combustion,″ was released in October to critical praise.

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