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Thread #98649 Message #1964941
Posted By: GUEST,Llyn
12-Feb-07 - 12:23 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (1931-2007)
Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (2 Feb 2007)
Wesley S -- Danny Kalais sang but did not write "Long Tall Brown-Skinned Gal." If you Google it, you'll get about 4 references. Danny had a way of singing every song such that you'd think he wrote it even if you knew he didn't. He was every bit as good as you recall and had a standing offer from Columbia in late '60s but no self-discipline to record anything ever. He died in the '90s (year uncertain) after decades of drink, drugs, violence, jail, and mental hospitals. I have the lyrics of (but no tune for) his composition "You Got to Keep Your Madness Magic" -- which he just couldn't do. Contemporary Danny Finley, on the other hand, has been very successful as "Panama Red" in TX with Kinky Friedman and in Nashville. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Mari can direct you to the Beaux Arts Web page and the Yahoo group. She's writing a book about BA and is collecting reminiscences.