Just in case you’re ever inclined to think Rock and Roll doesn’t ask a price…Here’s the roll call from Jan. 1st to now.
I mean, they weren’t generally young. But I’m thinking this is pretty good evidence that, even if you survive your reckless youth, it still takes somewhere between five and ten years off your life so that you can add five or ten…or fifty years to the lives of people like me.
So, lest we forget:
Bob Burns (Drums, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 64)
Sam Andrews (Guitar, Big Brother and the Holding Company, 73)
Michael Brown (Keyboards, The Left Banke and Stories 65…Brown composed “Walk Away Renee” when he was 16)
Joe B. Mauldin (Bass, The Crickets, 74)
Curtis Lee (Vocals, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes,” 75)
Bobby Emmons (Session Keyboards, mostly in Memphis and Nashville, 72, of which this was perhaps the apex for all involved)
Andy Fraser (Bass, Free, 62)
Brian Carman (Guitar, The Chantays, 69…and, yes, that guitar)
All those, plus Preston Ritter (Drums, Electric Prunes, 65); AJ Pero (Drums, Twisted Sister, 55); Bruce Crump (Drums, Molly Hatchett, 57); Mike Porcaro (Bass, Toto 59); Jimmy Greenspoon, (Keyboards, Three Dog Night, 67); Chris Rainbow (Vocals, Alan Parsons Project, 68); Danny McCullough (Bass, Eric Burdon and the Animals, 69); Dallas Taylor (Drums, Crosby, Stills and Nash, 66).
All that, not to mention tormenting cult producer Kim Fowley and tormented Beatle wife, Cynthia Lennon, both 75.
I’m quite sure that’s just a partial list but that’s all the strength I have for now.
Yes. It costs.