The Day The Music Died...

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  1. andrewsrea

    andrewsrea Well-Known Member

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    Just got a phone call. My childhood band mate died at 57. I suspect his high blood pressure and diabetes finally got the best of him.

    In 1975, he and I started our first real band with two other guys. One of those guys is Jim Beard, who has been touring the past decade with Steely Dan (I hope to meet up with him next week, when they are in St. Louis). We'd play Buddy Holly, Motown stuff and Peter Framption (yes, before "Comes Alive," thank you very much). At the time a local newspaper confirmed he had the largest personal record collection in Pennsylvania. So we would pick a record and learn the song. We often respectfully disagreed on gear and musical approach, which created some wonderful musical tension (even the last time I saw him).

    When I went to college, I lent him my drum kit, guitars, amps, mics & PA stuff to get his music career started. When I returned, he got me into a network of musicians and did night after night of pick-up gigs on bass, guitar and sometimes drums. Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Disco... Let me tell you - that is where where you really learn your craft.

    He started a successful recording studio (now a video studio) and sound company. It would be 1 AM and i am in a dead sleep and he would call me in a panic "My MCA 24 Track has channels that went dead - I am in the middle of a session!" I'd go over and fix his stuff and never took a dime. After a few years, he thanked me with his 1964 Fender Vibroverb amp which I still have.

    I saw him last about a year ago when I was in PA and heard he had a minor stroke. Today, I am sadly smiling with the memory of Bob, Jim, Denny Scarpelli and I doing a cover of Don McLean's "American Pie." If I know Bob, he is in heaven in an all-night jam with Buddy Holly!

    Rip, Bob.


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    Sorry for your loss, RIP Bob and I'm sure he and Buddy are already at it.
     
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    Sorry you lost a good friend. Sounds like he was a real character.
     
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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    Keep treasuring those memories and keep them alive. Many of us never had a friendship like the one you've described.
     
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    Wow, sorry to hear, RIP.
     
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    Sorry for the loss of your friend. RIP Bob.
     
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    Condolences on your loss, Andrew.
     
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    Rip Bob

    My condolences

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    Very sorry to hear about losing your good friend, Andrew. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Matt
     
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    Sorry for your loss. Way too young.
     
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    So sorry for your loss.
     
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    Sorry for your loss
     
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    I'm sorry for your loss. That was a beautiful eulogy.
     
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    Very sorry for your loss of a lifelong friend. Hope he is keeping the music going .
     
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    This seems to happen too often these days. Sincere condolences. On a side note, was Denny Scarpelli in a band called "Penny Black" some years ago?
    Edit: Upon further research it was a guy named Gino Scarpelli.
     
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    I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Rob. In addition to what you posted about him, it looks like he had a pretty amazing musical journey according to his Wikipedia page. Way too young.
     
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    My condolences in the loss of your friend. May he Rest In Peace and prayers for peace and comfort to all who love him.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your friend Bob, condolences.
     
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    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of what brought you here andrewsrea.
     
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