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Thread #44088   Message #648616
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Feb-02 - 07:11 PM
Thread Name: OBIT: RIP Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002)
Subject: RE: OBIT: RIP Dave Van Ronk
OBIT: Dave Van Ronk

12-Feb-02 - 07:04 PM (#648605)
Subject: Dave Van Ronk
From: GUEST,Chicken Charlie

Dave Van Ronk died Sunday, 10 Feb at age 65 of respiratory collapse after a long, wearing struggle with colon cancer. Details on Google.

Was there an earlier thread? I don't want the distinction of being the bearer of this news.

Chicken Charlie

12-Feb-02 - 07:07 PM (#648611)
Subject: RE: OBIT: Dave Van Ronk
From: Amos

Yes, Charlie -- there was.

But thank you anyway.


11-Feb-02 - 10:30 AM (#647275)
Subject: Dave VanRonk: The music will miss you!
From: GUEST,Richard Sutton

I read my daily NY Times today, and on page 25 an article announcing the passing of Dave VanRonk, the "Mayor" of Greenwich Village. He died of colon cancer yesterday, the 10th. I thought back to the times I was learning a few "raw" old songs to beat out on my cheap "Aria". I was only 16, and VanRonk was a Folk Hero. It was 1968, the war was in full swing and resistance to it's insidious influence was considered "a duty" by my circle of friends and musicians. The rusty old songs learned from Dave's records were always good for a few laughs, to get people thinking, or as a way to rally folks together. His version of Cocaine Blues got daily "play" in the soundtrack of our lives at this point. Those songs, and his bigger than life, growling style influenced several generations of musicians, performers and songwriters. Dave lived the way he sang. We won't be seeing his kind again real soon.

11-Feb-02 - 10:37 AM (#647282)
Subject: RE: OBIT: Dave VanRonk: The music will miss you!
From: Murray MacLeod

Richard, you might like to read these other tributes Here in an earlier thread