Drummer Ed Cassidy passed away today at the age of 89.
Cassidy began drumming as a teenager and over the years drummed with big band, jazz and country/western bands. Over the years, Cassidy played with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk and Taj Mahal.
But Cassidy was best known for his stint with the psychadelic band Spirit. Cassidy stood out in the 60s because he had a shaved head, wore all black and was in his 40s. In fact, he was the stepfather of Spirit’s lead guitarist Randy California. Needless to say, he kind of stood out when Spirit would appear on TV to perform their big hit “I Got a Line on You”.
Cassidy often did drum solos barehanded which would influence Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham. Led Zeppelin opened up for Spirit during a 1969 tour.
Cassidy was affectionately known as “Mr. Skin” and I leave you with that song.