Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sky and Storm pass over




As the world continues to mourn Michael Jackson, two more deaths have passed rather unnoticed.

Sky Saxon was the leader of The Seeds who had a great 60s psychedelic punk rock hit with (You're) Pushing Too Hard. Also known as Sky Sunlight Saxon and Little Richie Marsh he was born in Salt Lake City but his age seems uncertain, although 63 seems most likely. The Seeds had a fairly short life and after their break up Sky formed the Sky Saxon Blues Band before joining a religious commune in Hollywood recording psychedelic tribal music later released on a series of CDs. Later albums under a variety of band names, including The Starry Seeds Band, Sky Saxon & Firewall, King Arthur's Court and Shapes Have Fangs were not particularly successful. Here's his obit in The Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article6604123.ece

Gale Storm, who has died aged 87, was basically an American cover artist who recorded quite successful but somewhat anaemic versions of R and B songs such as I Hear You Knocking, Dark Moon, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Lucky Lips in the 1950s. She also appeared in a host of now forgotten movies as well as the My Little Margie TV series, which was an I Love Lucy type show of the early 50s. Here's her obituary in the Indy http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/gale-storm-actress-and-singer-who-became-the-leading-lady-of-choice-for-the-poverty-row-studio-monogram-1727955.html
Forgot to mention the death of Bob Bogle, guitarist and founder member of The Ventures, who died on June 14. Here's his obituary: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article6612052.ece

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