Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Lou Whitney R.I.P.

Lou Whitney, bassist and producer extraordinaire (The Morrells and The Skeletons, among others) has died at the age of 71.

His hometown (Springfield, Missouri) paper has the story HERE. All I'm gonna say is that he should have been a household word.

I should add that I'm done with writing obituaries here. This death shit has finally crossed a line for me.


J. Loslo said...

I know people who think music should be serious and dark, but life is serious and dark enough, and I like a lot of the music I listen to to be joyful and fun. The Skeletons & Morells were all about joyful and fun, and I'm forever grateful. R.I.P., Lou.

Anonymous said...

Sandy and I took a road trip from Southern California to Lafayette, Indiana circa late summer 1976. We had car problems and had to spend a couple of days in Springfield, Missouri. We met a couple of guys there who recognized Playboy material when they saw it. Had a great time!

Lots of the people there spoke with southern accents which took us by surprise. Our escorts showed us around town and treated us like royalty. We hit a few of the nightspots. I'm pretty sure we saw an early incarnation of Lou Whitney’s bar band there. I've always looooved Roy Head's Treat Her Right. The local radio was pretty kickin' too.

Never did make it to Lafayette, as we elected to explore all Springfield had to offer the remainder of our time. I guess nothing ever happens by accident. After making some wonderful memories, we made a clean break and headed back home to work the California 500 and see Aerosmith.

Vickie Rock – RIP Boogie Woogie Lou

M_Sharp said...

The Morells' ode to their favorite diner:

One of the best shows I ever saw was Dave Alvin with The Skeletons opening, and as his band at JC Dobbs in Philly, 1991. The show ended with Lou on "Big Guitar". There's a bootleg out there somewhere.