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RIP Bruce Gary
Aug 23rd, 2006 at 5:34pm
 
THE KNACK's original drummer BRUCE GARY has lost his battle with lymphoma. He was 54.
4/7/51--8/22/06


very sad news.  if anyone would like to send a sympathy card to bruce's mom, contact me for the address.

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Reply #1 - Aug 26th, 2006 at 5:13am
 
Celebrated '70s Rock Drummer Dies at 55
Bruce Gary, who not only played the distinctive guitar riff for the Knack's 1979 hit "My Sharona" but also collaborated with George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Stephen Stills, died on Aug. 22 from complications of lymphoma in Tarzana, Calif., reports The Associated Press. He was 55.

"You didn't know Bruce Gary. But I guarantee if you were capable of conscious thought in the summer of 1979, you knew Bruce Gary's handiwork. You may, in fact, have been driven to the brink of insanity by it," writes John Kelly in The Washington Post. "Drummers everywhere--from Def Leppard's one-armed skins basher to amateurs whose only percussion is pencils-on-desks, fingers-on-steering-wheels--should mourn his passing. Few are the drummers who so resolutely pound their way into the nation's skull."

Featured on The Knack's first album in 1979, "My Sharona" was a top-selling pop single for six weeks and helped the album, "Get the Knack" go platinum. Six million copies were ultimately sold worldwide. Later, Gary collaborated with many of rock's legends. In addition to Harrison, Dylan and Stills, Gary recorded with Cream's Jack Bruce, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Bette Midler, Yoko Ono, Harry Nilsson and The Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger, notes AP. He worked with blues masters Albert Collins, Albert King and John Lee Hooker and toured with former Eagles member Randy Meisner and Spencer Davis. In early August, The Knack's lead singer Doug Fieger underwent surgery in Los Angeles for brain tumors.
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Reply #2 - Aug 26th, 2006 at 5:51am
 
This blew me away when I saw it in this mornings paper.Sad news.Bruce was a very,very,very underrated drummer.
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Re: RIP Bruce Gary
Reply #3 - Aug 26th, 2006 at 11:32am
 
gosh so dammed young.....it seems we have lost a few in recent years at such a early age...may he rest in peace.
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