Blues singer back on stage after chemo took his voice

Blues singer back on stage after chemo took his voice click to enlarge Blues singer Bill McCulloch, known as Windy City Slim, never dreamed he would return to the stage after cancer treatments left him without a voice. Copyright 2013 Capitol Broadcasting Company

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Blues singer Bill McCulloch, known as Windy City Slim, never dreamed he would return to the stage after cancer treatments left him without a voice.

In December 2011, McCulloch found a lump on the side of his face, which turned out to be cancer that started at the base of his tongue.

He started a rigorous course of chemotherapy and radiation to target the tumor, but the side effects were rough.

"I was emaciated, weak – I was a wreck," McCulloch said. "I'd been a young 70 and suddenly, I was an old man."

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