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by Sir Lord Baltimore, feat. John Garner, drums/vocals
John Garner (1952 to 2015) was an American 'rock' drummer and vocalist, with 'Sir Lord Baltimore'. John Garner was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, on February 2nd 1952. As a lead vocalist and drummer, he was founder of the 'rock' band 'Sir Lord Baltimore' in 1968, choosing guitarist Louis Dambra and bass player Gary Justin to complete his line-up. Having first met in high school, the three had started rehearsing together that year. The new band auditioned for Mike Appel, who was then working as a talent scout, but would later launch and manage the career of Bruce Springsteen. He agreed to mentor them, and reportedly gave them the name they used for the rest of their career (taken from a character in the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"). Appel served as co-producer on the band's 1970 debut album for the 'Mercury' label, as well as contributing to arrangements and lyrics. That album, "Kingdom Come", was recorded at Vantone Studios and Electric Lady Studios with legendary engineer Eddie Kramer, better known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, and featured very fast-paced 'hard rock' with high levels of distortion on the guitars. In 1971, they opened on a number of occasions in the US for 'Black Sabbath', as part of the latter's "Paranoid" tour. The band's eponymous next album, released in that year, marked a change in direction, with frenetic pace giving way to slower-tempo songs, more reminiscent of music produced by their peers. They had expanded to a quartet for this album, with Louis Dambra's brother Joey joining as a second guitarist. Unfortunately, their career started to fade after the second album, and 'Mercury' dropped them shortly afterwards. In 2006, Garner and Dambra reunited as 'Sir Lord Baltimore' (but without Justin), and released a new album, "Sir Lord Baltimore III Raw", which had been partially recorded back in the 1970s after they were dropped. This time, they featured a Christian focus and lyrics, not found in their earlier work. John Garner died in Tampa, Florida, of liver failure on December 5th 2015, aged 63. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/john-garner-dies/
(Blocked in Germany) - 1952 - 2015 - United States
Posted: 21st December 2015
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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