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UPDATED: Curtis Salgado undergoes quadruple bypass surgery

By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Portland icon had mild heart attack on Tuesday while on tour

UPDATE: Friday, Mar. 9, 8:00pm

Curtis Salgado underwent a successful quadruple bypass surgery today in Boston following a heart attack earlier in the week. He is said to be resting comfortably this evening.

Portland blues and soul icon Curtis Salgado was admitted to a Boston area hospital on Tuesday after having a mild heart attack and will undergo triple bypass surgery on Friday.

In a statement from Alligator Records, Salgado's manager Shane Tappendorf said, "We expect the surgery to be successful and anticipate a full recovery.

Salgado, 63 , has been on tour making an East Coast swing and was scheduled to perform this weekend. All public performances through May have been cancelled.

However, Salgado still hopes to perform in Memphis on May 11 at the 2017 Blues Music Awards where he has been nominated in three top categories related to his 2016 release "The Beautiful Lowdown". He has been nominated for Album of the Year, Soul Blues Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year (Walk a Mile in My Shoes).

Tom D'Antoni talked with Salgado last spring in his Coffeeshop Conversations series about the album.

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aj crandall

I just had the triple bypass on 1-5-17 after a heart attack in March. Feeling amazingly better, as will you. Remember, they've been doing this for a while and know what works and what doesn't. Listen to the doctors and nurses (especially nurses) and take it slow. The May 11th show might be just what you need after the burden of recovery. Remember, the heart will be fixed and fine, the broken ribs are what you'll need to heel up from. Work on your breathing and getting your wind back. You'll never be able to hit all the notes if you don't have your breathing down, and it'll take some work. But I feel you'll be fine Curtis. Much Peace.

Don Hurley

Like, AJ, I had a triple bypass (or a CABG X3 as you'll soon come to know it) without the precursor heart attack back in November. You will feel better in weeks and be back to normal in two months. You've got this one, Curtis! Feel better!

Jan Mancuso

AJ & Don, thank you for posting your personal experience & good advice. Following instructions and breathing sounds like the plan! See you Memphis! Peace, Jan

David Church

The song is "Walk A Mile In My Blues".
"Blues" not "Shoes".

Thank you very much for the update! It's great to hear the surgery went well.

We are all looking forward to a fantastic recovery.

Larry "The Iceman" Eisenberg

After a liver transplant, this one is a walk in the park. Good thing you have strong and enduring spirit to get you through. Looking forward to May 11 when you accept your three awards!

Robin Rock Slagle

Well wishes for a speedy recovery!


Curtis , best wishes to your health and recovery. Looking forward to seeing on the east coast next time.XXXOOO

Brian Hoyt

Good luck Curtis. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery ---but take it slow man. Don't be in too much of a rush to get back on the stage. We have lost too many musicians from Pdx over the years.

waco jonny dean

the song in Walk a Mile in my Blues not shoes

Johnne L

So glad Curtis pulled through..what a warrior! The Blues will go on with Curtis another day, and we can’t wait to see him one more time in Everett, where he played his heart out in December last year. Curtis Brotha, play da Blues babbee!!! Johnne in Seattle

Ray Osuna jr

This is Ray Osuna jr. I had a triple bypass 10 years ago and am doing really good. You are the strongest person I know you are and I admire you so much keep going buddy

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