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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.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?