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Monday, April 03, 2006

Top 100 San Diego Musicians: #1 Buddy Blue

Today I was supposed to post Padre #93. It will have to wait until tomorrow.

My friend Buddy Seigal died yesterday. Known in music and journalism circles as "Buddy Blue," it is doubtful that anyone had a bigger impact on the San Diego music scene in my lifetime.

As a musician, Buddy was a virtuoso on any instrument with strings. As a songwriter, his masterfully-crafted works in rockabilly, jazz, swing, jump-blues, and bluegrass stamped him as an American Roots giant.

Buddy was a founder and integral member of The Rockin' Roulettes, The Beat Farmers, The Jacks, The Buddy Blue Band, The Flying Putos, and The Farmers. He produced and/or played on albums by such luminaries as Darlin'& Rose, Romy Kaye, Billy Bacon & the Forbidden Pigs, Joy Eden Harrison, Earl Thomas, Mike Keneally, Judy Henske, The Rugburns, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Every Thursday for the last four years, the Union-Tribune featured his "Blue Notes" column, a collection of notes and commentary on music that was often controversial, and always entertaining. He was in demand as a music journalist, writing regularly for a wide variety of publications. His influence as a journalist loomed nearly as large as his influence as an artist.

Buddy Blue's artistic impact was matched, or even exceeded by, the magnitude of the mark he left as a husband, father, and friend.

When I was a toddler, I wanted to be around the "school-aged" boys. Once in grade school, I looked up to the junior high guys. By the time I was a high school freshman, I yearned to be seen with the seniors. And as a young adult, I desperately wanted to hang out with Buddy Blue.

I got my wish, as I was fortunate enough to become friends with my musical hero. From afar, I had idolized him, but as his friend, I loved him.

My heart is with Buddy's family, and his countless friends.

4 Comments:

Blogger LynchMob said...

Well said, Lance ... didn't know you had it in you! Amen!

9:21 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Thanks, Howard.

For anyone interested in services, etc, go to Buddyblue.com.

9:24 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Woof said...

I'm now a zillion miles from late '80s/early '90s San Diego (Beat Farmers, Rugburns, Jewel, the old Casbah, the occasional Mike Keneally appearance...) but always loved hearing "Riverside" and "Happy Boy" when KGB was rotating them frequently. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like he'll be very sorely missed by everyone that knew him.

7:12 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

I appreciate that, Woof. His absence leaves a gaping hole in the music scene, and in the lives of so many.

8:22 AM, April 20, 2006  

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