Daniel Blalock, III Passes Away

Daniel Blalock, III
Daniel Blalock, III

Former Savannah resident Daniel E. Blalock III, died September 28, 2009, at his home in Burbank, California. Private memorial services will be held in Savannah, Georgia and Tampa, Florida at a later date.

Daniel was born March 23, 1944 in Savannah, Georgia to Virginia Robinson Blalock and the late Daniel E. Blalock Jr. He attended Alfred E. Beach High School and graduated from Florida A & M University High School in Tallahassee, Florida. He went on to study music at Florida A & M University where he played trumpet in the famed “Marching 100 Band”. His love of music enabled him to travel around the world and play with such greats as James Brown, Sam & Dave, and Nat Adderley just to name a few.

In 1977, he and his wife Gladys moved to the Los Angeles area where he worked as a professional musician with various film studios until he retired.

Danny enjoyed sharing life stories with his friends, family, and fellow musicians. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.

Danny is survived by his wife of 38 years Gladys; mother Virginia Blalock of Savannah, GA; son Daryl Blalock (Annijulette) and five grandsons of Savannah,GA.; Joseph Keith Moye of Savannah, GA; sister Barbara Hagans of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Harold Wise of Fort Lauderdale, FL; niece Sharonda Jones (Kenneth); grand nieces Kaitlyn and Khloe Jones of Savannah, GA; aunts Edwina Austin Hutchinson (Sidney) of Augusta, Ga; Mildred Romanski of Woodbridge, VA; cousins Carolyn Patricia Jones of Atlanta, Ga; Walter Austin (Sharon) of Atlanta, Ga; Edwina Freda Liggett (Hayward) of Lansing, MI; Frederick Romanski (Delores) of Gaithersburg, MA; Ronald Romanski (Joyce) of New Orleans, LA; Linda Gayle Livingston (Bob) of Woodbridge, VA. Nieces Carole Sykes of Atlanta, Ga; Josette Sykes of Orlando, FL. and Stephanie Sykes of Tampa, Fl. Sister-in-law Frances Sykes (Joseph) of Tampa, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel’s name to:

FAMU Foundation

College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences/Department
of Music Florida A and M

University P.O. Box 6562

Tallahassee, FL 32314

1 thought on “Daniel Blalock, III Passes Away”

  1. Hello Everyone,
    I’m deeply saddened to learn of Danny’s passing. He was a very wonderful person and taught me many musical insights. He had a way of making everyone feel comfortable and cool. It was because he was so cool. He asked me to be one of the drummers on his “Unity and Strength” album recorded at Burbank Studios. I dont know if it was released. His trumpet Jazz phrasing and arrangements are wonderful. I was also fortunate to have perform with him many times. My sympathies to the family.


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