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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2019, 02:13:25 PM »
Gary Duncan, a guitarist, singer and songwriter best known for his work with Quicksilver Messenger Service, one of the leading bands in San Francisco’s psychedelic heyday, died on Saturday 6/29/2019 in a hospital in Woodland, Calif. He was 72.

His wife, Dara Love Duncan, confirmed the death. She said that he fell on June 19, suffered a seizure and multiple cardiac arrests and never regained consciousness.

Mr. Duncan’s jazz-rooted improvisations and his intricate interplay with the guitarist John Cipollina were crucial elements in Quicksilver Messenger Service’s eclectic chemistry. Although Mr. Cipollina, who died in 1989, was nominally the lead guitarist and Mr. Duncan played rhythm, they constantly traded and blurred those roles.

David Freiberg, the band’s original bassist, called Mr. Duncan Quicksilver’s “engine.” “He was what was holding the band together,” Mr. Freiberg said in an interview. “If he was there, it would work. If he wasn’t, it wouldn’t.”

The Quicksilver Messenger Service album “Happy Trails” (1969), largely recorded onstage, is a quintessential acid-rock artifact. The band starts out playing Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” and jams its way far afield: through modal vamps, guitar dialogues, feedback, call-and-response audience screams and more.

“In Quicksilver we played a lot of old blues and folk tunes and improvised,” Mr. Duncan told the ethnomusicologist Craig Morrison in 2001. “We had our own arrangements and had open places where we would just wail. ’Cause we were so stoned all the time anyway, on acid and everything else, that sitting down and just playing one tune for three or four hours was nothin’.”

Mr. Duncan was born on Sept. 4, 1946, in San Diego. In a 2007 interview, he said that he was originally named Eugene Duncan Jr., after his half-Cherokee, half-Scottish father, and that his mother, Jeraline Smith, was a Pawnee. He was adopted at birth by a Cherokee family: Kermit Grubb, who ran a secondhand store, and his wife, Pauline (Weaver) Grubb, a homemaker. They named him Gary Ray Grubb.

He played guitar as a teenager in rock and R&B bands in Northern California. He called himself Gary Duncan when he and the drummer Greg Elmore agreed to join a band in 1965 that Mr. Cipollina intended to form with the singer and songwriter Chet Powers, then going by the name Dino Valenti.

But Mr. Powers was imprisoned on marijuana charges before the band ever performed. Mr. Duncan became one of the band’s lead singers, in a lineup that also included Jim Murray on guitar and Mr. Freiberg on bass.


The new group took on the name Quicksilver Messenger Service, which was derived from astrology. Four members were born under signs ruled by the planet Mercury, the ancient Roman messenger god. The element mercury is the liquid metal also known as quicksilver. And selfless service is an attribute ascribed to Virgo, one member’s sign.

Quicksilver soon gathered a following in San Francisco, regularly playing on weekends at the Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore alongside Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.

In 1965, Mr. Duncan married Shelley Eidson, who later (as Shelley Duncan) wrote a book, “My Husband the Rock Star,” about their 10 years together. They had two children, Jesse and Heather, before divorcing. They survive him, as do Dara Duncan and their three sons, Miles, Michael and Thomas, five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

After performing at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, Quicksilver was signed by Capitol Records, which the next year released its debut album, named after the band. The group began touring nationally. For most of 1969 the keyboardist Nicky Hopkins replaced Mr. Duncan, and the band recorded the album “Shady Grove” without him.

Quicksilver was a transformed band when Mr. Duncan rejoined it to make the 1970 album “Just for Love.” Mr. Valenti took over as songwriter and lead singer, with more pop-soul-flavored songs. Under the pseudonym Jesse Oris Farrow, he wrote Quicksilver’s most widely heard songs, “Fresh Air” and “What About Me,” both released in 1970. Quicksilver’s lineup went through multiple changes before a final 1970s album, “Solid Silver,” in 1975.

Quicksilver dissolved as the 1970s ended, and Mr. Duncan went to work as a longshoreman. “With him it was like love-hate with the music business,” Dara Duncan said. “Sometimes he’d take a sabbatical.”

In the early 1980s, he built his own recording studio. He reclaimed the Quicksilver name in 1986 to release an album of synthesizer-driven 1980s-style pop, “Peace by Piece.” During the 1980s and ’90s he made extensive studio recordings, which the Global Recording Artists label has been compiling into albums. A new one, “Anima Mundi,” is forthcoming, said Karl Anderson, the label owner.

Mr. Duncan also toured and recorded with bands billed as Gary Duncan’s Quicksilver, but turned away from music again in 2001. In 2004, Crawfish of Love, a jam band from Jacksonville, Fla., contacted Mr. Duncan online and made an album with him, “Snake Language.”

Interest in early Quicksilver was rekindled by a flood of live recordings of the original band. In 2006, Mr. Freiberg persuaded Mr. Duncan to join him on tour with Mr. Freiberg’s other band, Jefferson Starship. Performing together again as Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mr. Duncan and Mr. Freiberg shared concert bills with Jefferson Starship through the late 2000s. Mr. Duncan retired after those tours.

“He told me,” Mr. Anderson said, “ ‘I put it all down on tape. I did it all.’”

Fresh Air (Remastered)     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt83arWRx-M

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Mona - 8/15/1969 - Sonoma State College  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vu_hiGOrRI

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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2019, 12:47:11 AM »
Lizzie Grey (Stephen Perry). London, Ultra Pop, Spiders and Snakes.  Age 60

 http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sunset-strip-legend-lizzie-grey-dies-from-lewy-body-disease-complications/
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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2019, 08:13:56 PM »
Larry "The Mole" Taylor - bassist (age 77, cancer)

Larry was classic era lineup member of Canned Heat, and had rejoined the band several times over the years, most recently in 2010. He had been battling cancer for 12 years. He was also the bassist on many of the early Monkees albums and hits prior to joining Canned Heat and was an accomplished session player. He was also a member of Tom Waits band.

 https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/canned-heat-bassist-larry-taylor-obituary-874523/
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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2019, 03:56:24 PM »
Ian Gibbons former keyboardist of the Kinks died August 1, 2019 of bladder cancer age 67.
Ian was a member of the kinks from 1979-1989 and then rejoined the band for their reunion years 1993-1996 after which the band disbanded for good. He played on the bands resurgent albums in the 80's Give The People What They Want and State of Confusion among others. I got a chance to see the Kinks live once during the reunion run with Ian on keyboards, great show.
 https://wabx.net/news/articles/2019/aug/01/ex-kinks-keyboardist-ian-gibbons-dead-at-age-67/923867/ 

Eddie Money (as posted already in his thread) passed away this week on Sept 13, 2019 at age 71. I saw Eddie live once, good show.
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8529949/eddie-money-dead-rock-eulogy

Ric Ocasek, Cars founding member, singer and front man died yesterday on Sept 15, 2019 age 75.
I was shocked to see that he was that old, I had no idea he was over 70. big fan of the debut album, Candy O, and Shake It Up. three great records. Never got to see them live though.

  https://wabx.net/news/articles/2019/aug/01/ex-kinks-keyboardist-ian-gibbons-dead-at-age-67/923867/

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Ric-Ocasek-Cars-Singer-Dead-in-NY-at-75-560430391.html

https://www.salon.com/2019/09/16/goodbye-to-ric-ocasek-and-eddie-money-who-gave-us-the-soundtracks-to-our-soundtracks/

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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2019, 08:17:44 PM »
Neal Casal (guitarist) August 26, 2019 age 50 from suicide. Neal played with Blackfoot, Ryan Adam's band and was a co-founder of The Chris Robinson brotherhood and also had an accomplished solo career.
 https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8528499/neal-casal-dies-singer-guitarist-dead-obituary


Tony Mills former singer of TNT and Shy Sept 18, 2019 at age 57 from Pancreatic cancer.
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/r-p-tony-mills-former-153408297.html

Larry Wallis original Motorhead guitarist and Pink Fairies guitarist September 19, 2019 age 70
https://www.nme.com/news/music/motorheads-original-guitarist-larry-wallis-died-2549936

Yonrico Scott Drummer- Derek Trucks band
September 20, 2019 age 63
https://www.jambase.com/article/yonrico-scott-died
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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2019, 02:36:16 PM »

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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2019, 05:19:42 PM »
Ginger drummer wild and crazy
Always a big fan now him and Jack
Can start a new super band and start fighting
Again

Ginger Baker's Air Force - Let me Ride     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNO9yPMyNoQ

Ginger Baker's Air Force - Do What You Like    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28LRjajxGmA

Cream TOAD (Drum solo) Live  1968       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvtaE_QNM2k
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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2019, 12:34:57 AM »
Ginger Baker was one of the greatest, high on my list of all time drummers. The Cream discography and blind Faith alone cemented his legacy.

Richard Brunnel former guitarist of Morbid Angel passed away September 23, 2019 age 55. He was a member of the band in their formative years from 1985-1992 appearing on the albums Alters of Madness (1989) and Blessed Are The Sick (1991), along with on the early demo recording Abominations Of Desolation (which was recorded in 1986 but not released until 1991). I saw this band once opening up for the Tony Martin led Black Sabbath.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/r-p-richard-brunelle-former-195658977.html

Larry Junstrom: bassist died October 6 2019.
Larry was early member of Lynyrd Skynyrd upon their formation and was with the band until being replaced in 1971 prior to the bands debut release, he is more widely known as the long time bassist for 38 Special playing on all twelve of their studio albums from 1977-2014 when he retired due to a hand injury.

https://www.kcbd.com/2019/10/07/special-lynyrd-skynyrd-bassist-larry-junstrom-dies/

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8532334/larry-junstrom-dead-lynyrd-skynyrd-38-special-bassist-dies
 
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Re: 2019 Rockers We lost
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2019, 05:55:58 PM »
Paul Barrere Singer Guitarist with Little Feat
died 10/26/2019 age 71 of liver cancer.

Paul Barrere (July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019) was an American musician most prominent as a member of the band Little Feat, which he joined in 1972 some three years after the band was created by Lowell George.

Barrere recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Chicken Legs, Blues Busters, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Eikichi Yazawa, and Carly Simon.  He can be seen in the 1979 Nicolette Larson Warner Brothers promotional video of "Lotta Love".
Barrere's best known contributions to Little Feat as a songwriter include "Skin It Back", and "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" from the album Feats Don't Fail Me Now,  "All That You Dream" from The Last Record Album, "Time Loves a Hero" from Time Loves a Hero, and "Down on the Farm" from Down on the Farm.
Barrere was a swing man as a guitarist who played a wide variety of styles of music including blues, rock, jazz, and cajun music and was proficient as a slide guitarist.
Barrere also recorded and toured as an acoustic duo with fellow Little Feat member Fred Tackett.
Barrere played several concerts with Phil Lesh and Friends in October 1999 and from March to June 2000. He also toured with Bob Dylan, and had most recently been writing and recording with Roger Cole.

Little Feat - Skin It Back - live 1978     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJyEajcIhwE

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