Rest_In_Peace_Plus's current selection is:
Nothing Lasts Forever
by Kelly Jay Fordham
Kelly Jay Fordham (1941 to 2019) was a Canadian singer, songwriter and keyboardist, with 'Crowbar'. Henry Blake Fordham was born in 1941 in Toronto, Canada. He began playing locally in bands in the early 1960s, but after graduating from the Ontario College of Art then started playing the nightclub circuits across Canada and the United States (for many years, he fronted 'Kelly Jay and the Jamies'). However, Fordham was probably best-known as a member of 'Crowbar', who formed in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1970, after falling out with Ronnie Hawkins, the singer they were providing backing for at the time. The group cut two albums - "Official Music" and "Gooduns" - with the late Richard Newell (aka 'King Biscuit Boy' - the first album was technically by 'King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar', the second under just the 'King Biscuit Boy' name). After a few personnel changes when keyboardist Richard Bell joined Janis Joplin's 'Full Tilt Boogie Band', they released their first album as 'Crowbar', 1971's "Bad Manors". It included the hit "Oh What A Feeling" co-written by Fordham and Roly Greenway, and in the same year they released a 'live' concert album called "Larger than Life (and Live'r Than You've Ever Been)", recorded at Toronto's Massey Hall (it was a 'live' first for a Canadian band, and was "simulcast" on nationwide radio). In 1972, he and the band were selected to perform at Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's re-election rallies (his wife Margaret was reportedly a fan), and the album "Heavy Duty" also came out in the same year, followed by "KE32746" in 1973. A number of "Best Of" compilations were issued over the following years, and in 1997 the album "Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go By Crowbar" (a series of cuts from a July 1971 concert) came out. Their famous hit (and signature song) "Oh What A Feeling" was individually inducted into the "Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame" in 2011. Kelly Jay Fordham died from the effects of a stroke in Calgary on June 21st 2019. He was 77, and had been in hospital since suffering the stroke earlier that month. http://calgaryherald.com/news/crime/kelly-jay-fordham-founding-member-of-crowbar-dead-at-77
Sources: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8516954/kelly-jay-dies-canadian-rock-band-crowbar-obit
Posted: 22nd July 2019
12
plays
13
likes
 
† REST IN PEACE † ✚
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.....
107
Followers
Nothing currently playing...
Likes
Archive