Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed died Wednesday in Chicago of complications from cancer. He was 77.

Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed died Wednesday in Chicago of complications from cancer. He was 77.

Born Aaron Corthen in Wardell, Mo., Reed moved to Chicago in 1942, where he took up the sax and studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. Inspired by Gene Ammons and tutored by J.T. Brown of Elmore James' band, Reed soon found work with Willie Mabon and Earl Hooker.

Reed recorded in his own right for several small Chicago indies, but was best-known as a sideman for such top Chicago blues acts as Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Son Seals and Albert Collins. In 1970, as a member of Guy's band, he worked on the Rolling Stones' U.S. tour.

His solo albums included the 1982 Alligator set "I'm in the Wrong Business" and the 1998 Delmark release "Junk Food."