Blood Sweat And Tears “Lew Soloff” Dies at 71

Blood Sweat And Tears "Lew Soloff" Dies at 71

Lew Soloff, who had a long and successful career and jazz and was an integral part of the Blood, Sweat and Tears at their peak, died Sunday morning after suffering a major heart attack. He was 71.

Soloff was a musician’s musician playing with the likes of Gil Evans, Frank Sinatra, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Marianne Faithful and Art Garfunkel. But Soloff is best known for his tenure with Blood, Sweat & Tears playing on five of their albums and on their major hits “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel” and “And When I Die”.

Soloff’s daughter, Laura Solomon, paid tribute to him on her Facebook page:

My dad was amazing. He could drive me f#*king crazy, but that didn’t make him any less essential to my life. He loved his grandkids. He loved my sister and me. He was one of the greatest trumpet players in the world and I’m so proud to be his daughter. I’m so happy to carry on a fraction of his musicality in the now rare moments that I pick up my violin.

Dad had more friends than anyone I know. He was always on the phone. Always. Even when it was totally inappropriate. He was so loved by so many. His life overflowed with people who cared for him. I am so thankful for you all.

I am devastated. I can’t picture my life or my kids’ lives without him in it. It doesn’t seem real. It’s definitelynot fair. But I am so grateful to have spent my dad’s last day on Earth together in New York City.