Eric LeBlanc-CISTI Eric.LeBlanc@hia.nrc.ca
Tue Jul 15 14:41:15 EDT 1997

"FAT" RICHARD DRAKE (1940-1997)

Alto saxophonist "Fat" Richard Drake, 57, died on Saturday, May 3/1997, Madison,
WS.  He played & toured with Luther Allison, recording for Gordy ('75) and
Atlantic ('72, Ann Arbor Festival). He also toured with Steve Miller, Tracey
Nelson, and Clyde Stubblefield.

Other deaths (some from 1996)

in 1996 :

The legendary Mobile,AL.-born William A. "Kap" Gleason, 88, died on Friday
April 26/1996, Warrensville Heights, OH.  His Cleveland-based Gleason's Musical
Bar/Cafe/Nightclub operated from 1942 to 1962. It was immortalized in 1949 on
the Tiny Grimes Atlantic recording "Jumpin' At Gleason's" (featuring Red Prysock
and Ray Bryant).  Chuck Berry & James Brown both started their careers at
Gleason's.  According to Galen Gart's awarding-winning "First Pressings : The
History Of Rhythm & Blues" series, everyone in R&B played at his club,
including Ruth Brown, Milt Buckner, The Clovers, The Flamingos, Four Tunes,
Camille Agnes Howard, Amos Milburn and The Orioles. DJ Bill Randle hosted his
1950s TV show from this club.

Cleveland,OH.-born pianist Carl "Ace" Carter, 65, died on Friday, September 20/
1996, Cleveland, OH. Born on April 12/1931, he accompanyed Joe Williams, and
played for years with tenor saxophonist William "Weasel" Parker (1921-1992).

in 1997 :

Galax,VA.-born "Lady Linda" Young, 40, died on Tuesday, March 11/1997,
West Palm Peach, FL.  She was a gospel/jazz singer with her husband's band,
Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacern's brass band. She had been a cast member of
Professor Alex Bradford's show "Your Arms Too Short To Box With God".

Xenia,OH-born Garfield Carter, 87, died on Wednesday, March 12/1997, Lexington,
KY. He & his wife Jean Searcy Carter were members of The Gospel Troopers.

Jimmy Daniels, 57, died on Wednesday, April 16/1997, Memphis, TN. He was member
of The Ambassadors gospel group.

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