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Saturday, September 30, 2006

R.I.P.

Posted By on Sat, Sep 30, 2006 at 11:57 AM

So, my ex-wife's dad died last week. Which were it just a part of my personal history, would be of no concern to, well, anyone. But he was also a for-real part of music history. Jamie Lyons was, as well as my eldest kid's grandfather, also the lead singer of '60s garage-pop band The Music Explosion. The band's name may not ring a bell for anyone outside of Ohio, but it's highly unlikely that you've ever listened to the radio and never heard their biggest hit, "A Little Bit O' Soul." Anyway, he was right in the middle of the thoroughly corrupt business practices that dominated the industry in the '60s, and therefore was also a financial victim of those practices. I learned a lot about just how evil the "biz" was, is and will be from him, and what he went through will always stand as an example to me of how soulless and awful the rock 'n' roll dream factory is to those that make the magic happen. Just thought I'd share.

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