by carl wilson

Last Roundup for Ray Condo

Canadian rockabilly/honky-tonk barroom idol Ray Condo is reported dead. Apparently he passed away last night, but his family is currently keeping the cause of death private. I have very fond memories of beer-soaked nights in Montreal, Toronto and elsewhere listening and dancing to Ray's bands, good-time music that never neglected to be musical. True sympathy to his family, friends and fans.

Some details from his managers' press release:

Since he first picked up the guitar at age 12, Ray Condo was rock'n'roll. Born in Hull Quebec (now Gatineau) and raised listening to Ronnie Hawkins, Elvis Presley, and Hank Williams, Condo joined the music scene in Vancouver in the mid 1970s, with a punk band called the Secret V's. In 1984 he found himself in Montreal where he formed the seminal indie group the Hardrock Goners, mixing rockabilly with blues, traditional country, and Western swing. Eleven years and many records and tours later, Condo headed back west to Vancouver to front the Ricochets. Condo's death comes as a complete shock to those who knew him. Condo had many upcoming shows planned, including tours in Australia, Europe, and the United States. Memorials are being planned across the country. In the Vancouver area, there will be an impromptu wake at the Rockabilly Jam at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street) on Saturday April 17 (from about 4:00-7:00). In Montreal, there will be a tribute at the rockabilly show on Saturday April 17 at the Wheel Club (3373 Cavendish Blvd). In Toronto, photographer Gayle Hurmuses is planning an exhibition in his memory to coincide with what would have been his 54th birthday, Sunday May 6.

News | Posted by zoilus on Friday, April 16 at 01:59 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

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Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that things are moving along with the planning of the Ray Condo Memorial Night of Music in Los Angeles, CA. The event is taking place on Sunday, May 16th at Ray's favorite stage, The Derby. Big Sandy and the Lucky Stars are going to be the two main hosts/and back line. Dave Stuckey will be manning the microphone as the evenings MC!! So far other confirmed artists are Jake La Botz, Speedbuggy, Dave Wolfe, Eddie Batos, Champagne Velvet, Justin Curtis and Levi Dexter... I am still waiting to hear from Jack Shit, Russell Scott, Jesse Dayton, Skeeter Truck and Phantom 309. It will be a pretty free form sort of night, similar to a barn dance where everyone gets up and does 2 or 3 songs.

Ray's band will be selecting a Arts/Music non-for-profit foundation in Vancouver for the nights proceeds to be donated, in Ray's honor.

It is all for love of Ray. People can call me with questions 323.655.1027

best,
Pam

Posted by Pamela Esposito on April 25, 2004 01:15 PM

 

 

Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that things are moving along with the planning of the Ray Condo Memorial Night of Music in Los Angeles, CA. The event is taking place on Sunday, May 16th at Ray's favorite stage, The Derby. Big Sandy and the Lucky Stars are going to be the two main hosts/and back line. Dave Stuckey will be manning the microphone as the evenings MC!! So far other confirmed artists are Jake La Botz, Speedbuggy, Dave Wolfe, Eddie Batos, Champagne Velvet, Justin Curtis and Levi Dexter... I am still waiting to hear from Jack Shit, Russell Scott, Jesse Dayton, Skeeter Truck and Phantom 309. It will be a pretty fee form sort of night, similar to a barn dance where everyone gets up and does 2 or 3 songs.

Ray's band will be selecting a Arts/Music non-for-profit foundation in Vancouver for the nights proceeds to be donated, in Ray's honor.

It is all for love of Ray. People can call me with questions 323.655.1027

best,
Pam

Posted by Pamela Esposito on April 25, 2004 01:13 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson