In 1988, Memphis musician John Kilzer had his biggest hit, "Red Blue Jeans," a punchy, guitar rocker that got some radio airplay and burnished his reputation as a bad boy.
But it was his reputation as a very good man remembered this week as Memphis musicians and faith leaders mourn his passing. Kilzer died Tuesday while recovering in an out-of-state rehab facility. He was 62.
Struggles with alcohol addiction punctuated his life, but in 2010, he completed a PhD in Theology and created his own ministry to help people recovering from substance abuse.