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Monday, December 27, 2004

The Sad - 2004 Neil Year in Review

2004 was also a sad year for Neil Young. Here's the second segment of the Good, The Sad, & The Ugly: Neil Young's Year 2004 in Review.

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Carrie Snodgress: 1946 - 2004

Actress Carrie Snodgress, whose career included an Oscar nomination for "Diary of a Mad Housewife", died on April 1, 2004 at the age of 57.

Snodgress and Neil Young had a son named Zeke. Zeke Young was at Carrie's side when she died. Snodgress had been hospitalized at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles, awaiting a liver transplant when she died of heart failure.

Neil recorded several songs which reference Snodgress. The most well known song is "A Man Needs A Maid" from the album "Harvest"containing the lines:

    "I fell in love with the actress
    She was playing a part I could understand"

More on Carrie Snodgress and Neil Young.

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Rick James: 1948 - 2004

Funk legend Rick James, the Motown Records artist best known for his 1981 hit 'Super Freak,' died on August 7, 2004 at age 56. While much is known about James' "Super Freak" period, relatively little is known about the period during the 1960's when he formed a band known as the Mynah Birds with Neil Young.

From the book "Shakey", Jimmy McDonough writes of the electrifying gigs with James and Young. "Neil would stop playing lead, do a harp solo, throw the harmonica way up in the air and Ricky would catch it and continue the solo."

Now how cool would that have been to see? Certainly way far out cool for the 1960's.

More on Rick James, The Mynah Birds and Neil Young.

Bruce Palmer
Bruce Palmer: 1946 - 2004

Bruce Palmer died of a heart attack at age 58 on October 1, 2004.

All Music Guide's biography of Bruce Palmer:
"The enigmatic Bruce Palmer is known mostly as the original bassist in Buffalo Springfield, one of the greatest rock groups of the 1960s. Although Bruce Palmer did not sing or write any material during his time in the band, he was a vital member, both on-stage and (at least in the beginning) in the studio, for providing much of the "rock" muscle in the band's folk-rock with his powerful, creative basslines."

More on Bruce Palmer and Buffalo Springfield.

Sadly, drummer Kenny Buttrey passed away this year, too.

Rest In Peace Kenny, Carrie, Rick, and Bruce.

Onto the final segment of the Good, The Sad, & The Ugly: Neil Young's Year 2004 in Review - The Ugly.


At 1/07/2005 05:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have vivid recollections of the kid who lived next door to me. After
all, he was one of three boys in the Palmer household and was only two years my

Bruce hung with my crowd during the fifties and early sixties. Like most kids, we
were involved with the music of the day and several of my friends were into putting
a group together. Robin Currie, who went on to considerable local fame as Robbie
Lane of Robbie Lane and the Disciples was part of that crowd.

When I think of all the words that someone would want to be used by people
describing them, the following come to mind.

- trustworthy
- faithful
- friendly
- helpful
- worthy
- intelligent
- reliable
- kind
- caring
- talented
- popular

However, in the case of Bruce Palmer, I would have to add the prefix \"UN\" to each
of those above words when describing the person I knew on a continuous daily basis
for about fourteen years.

In searching through some of the sites online about Bruce, I read with considerable
amusement his recollections about how he became involved with the guitar and rock &
roll. Interestingly, those memories he spoke of during an interview, differ vastly
from my own. But then again, there is no telling just how much affect certain
substances have on brain cells, is there?

Tom Arnold
- formerly of Willowdale, Ontario.

At 1/12/2019 09:05:00 PM, Blogger elvisbooks said...

Care to elaborate on that Tom Arnold? Some specific examples. My interest is piqued.


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