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He was a child prodigy who performed on The Ed Sullivan Show at 5 years old, and he made Dallas his home for decades.

Lucky Peterson, who died this week at age 55, was far more famous in Paris, France, than he was here.

“I have a bigger following everywhere but Dallas,” Patterson told the Advocate in 2012.

Peterson fell ill Sunday and was rushed to the hospital, where he died. The cause of death was not immediately known.

He was from Buffalo, New York, and he moved to Dallas in the late ’80s to play with Bobby “Blue” Bland. He met his wife, Tamara, here. She is a singer who often performs onstage with him, and they have a 21-year-old daughter, Lucki, who is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Peterson just released an album to celebrate 50 years in the music business, “50 — Just Warming Up!”

“He was in the prime of his career, just coming into his own,” musician Bobby Patterson told the Dallas Morning News. “He was enjoying what he was doing, and he was getting a big lift from his audience overseas. I think America was just beginning to appreciate what Lucky was doing.”