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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 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.