Today is the passing of a man I have gained so much respect for while I’ve studied him. A man with an aptitude in music. A man who was there for everybody. A man Jim could count on. A tall standing man who had enough charm to make anybody like him. These slender fingers will no longer touch the keyboard in a graceful manner. The glasses that complete the look will no longer be worn. The deep voice. The organist. Gone.
We mourn but we should not sulk.
He may be gone, but every little detail lives on.
Ray brought joy and art to musical culture. All good must end, as cheesy as it sounds. Why think about the bad? There is nothing that can or could’ve been done. We should come together in the name of the classic rock fandom, and celebrate the fucking awesome life Ray had. Because the music still lives on.
It will always live on.
1939 - forever
“Get your combat boots stomping with OZ, Fire in the Brain!”
Tank: “Don’t Walk Away” (7” EP, Kamaflage Records, 1981)
Heavy Metal Records: Established in 1978, England’s Heavy Metal Records was integral to the NWOBHM, giving exposure to the bands of the time. Unlike other labels associated with the NWOBHM, Heavy Metal Records is still active. Their artist roster included, at various times, Witchfinder General, Bitches Sin, Buffalo, Split Beaver, Germany’s Accept, Soldier, and several others.
if i ever get to own the original Witchfinder General LPs, i will be always happy