Roy Clark died Thursday, at 85. If it had strings, Roy could play the life out of it. He was also, by all accounts, a great guy.
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s hits included “Sylvia’s Mother,” ″When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman,” and “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone."
Sawyer wore a patch over his right eye after suffering an injury from a car accident as a young man.
His agent, Mark Lyman, said Sawyer died in his sleep Monday in Daytona Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. Lyman declined to give a cause of death Wednesday out of respect for his family’s privacy.
"The bass drums are not in time with each other, I search for a 1, listen to the hats, no 1 on the hats, listen for 4 beats on a crash ride, I can't find them, they're in his head. I fall back and listen to the entirety of the rhythm, I hear it all, it's quiet, brilliant, unique, a leap forward, and alluring, what is this, multiple rhythms, endorsing progress, showing what can be brought out of a drum kit, when I thought I understood, he changed everything around, and what I was holding onto, pushed me away and almost demanded I start all over and listen closer this time.
"This man I'd never met, this traveler, rule breaker, this man, who showed the very many that change is possible, will live forever, his final punctuation marks leave me listening to the drums of Africa, and I am brought to a place to sit and rest and look at the swollen dark clouds, now opening slightly allowing sun rays to shoot to the ground, something great has happened. Something beautiful has passed.
"Thank you, Ginger. Rest in peace. Respectfully, Bill Ward"
And another of the all time great drummers is gone. Neil Peart, of Rush, died yesterday of brain cancer. He was a humble guy with immense talent. He was also a serious motorcyclist who often rode his bike from show to show.
So, one of the greatest drummers, playing for one the most talented and enduring rock bands, while riding the wheels off his motorcycle. How cool is that?