Saturday, March 19, 2011

Two more music deaths

Sorry to hear of the death of Jet Harris of cancer at the age of 71. His bass playing was an integral part of Cliff Richard's Drifters (and apparently he suggested the change of name to the Shadows) but alcohol and other personal problems led to a split and he left the group in 1962. He had a number of solo hits and a couple of huge hits with another former Shadow Tony Meehan, including a number one with Diamonds, and although he spent many years out of music due largely to his drink problem, he returned to the music scene appearing regularly with the Rapiers and on Shadows nostalgia shows.

Another death to report is that of country star Ferlin Husky at the age of 85. His hits included Wings of a Dove, Gone, and My Reason for Living.


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