Monday, June 29, 2009

Sky Saxon of the Seed Passes Away

Sky Saxon, the founder of the garage band the Seeds, passed away Thrusday morning in Austin, Texas. He had been hospitalized since Monday with an internal infection. Saxon's age is not officially known as he listed his birthday with various years.

Saxon started his career in the early-60's under the name of Little Richie Marsh (his real name was Richard Marsh) singing Doo Wop. By the middle of the decade, he had experimented with a number of rock bands and finally settled into the Seeds with guitarist Jan Savage, keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Aldridge.

The group signed with GNP Crescendo in late-1966 and, the next year, placed four singles into the top 100 with Pushin' Too Hard going highest to number 36. The singles were garage rock but the associated albums added more psychedelia and blues.

By their third album, Future (1967), they went total psychedelia and tried their hand at a concept album. The effort gave them their best charting album, reaching number 87. After the release of a live album and an LP credited to the Sky Saxon Blues Band (A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues), the band broke up.

Saxon tried to form a number of new bands during the 70's and 80's along with resurrecting the Seeds with different members and doing a stint with the Chesterfield Kings. His last show was on Saturday, June 20 at Antone's in Austin and he was scheduled to go out on the California '66 Revue tour with the Electric Prunes and Love.


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