ARROYO GRANDE, CA (IFS) -- He left us at 7:30 this morning... It was an easy passing. Glad I got to spend nearly 25 years playing and recording with him. He was my Guru, being able to still play drums into his late 80's is amazing!
Thanks to you for putting out "On The Blue Road" !
All My Best,
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Drummer Ed Cassidy, a co-founded of the 1960s rock band Spirit, died last week in California at the age of 89, former bandmates said.
Cassidy was battling cancer at a San Jose assisted-living home when he died Thursday.
A Facebook posting by Cassidy's stepson and Spirit guitarist Randy Cassidy said his stepdad was "one of the world's drummers," The Hollywood Reporter said Sunday.
Ed Cassidy was noted for his shaved head and performing drum solos with his bare hands. He earned the nickname "Mr. Skin," which was the title of a song on their 1970 album "Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus."
Ed and Randy Cassidy formed Spirit in Los Angeles and released their first album in 1968. Ed Cassidy, was 28 years older than 16-year-old Randy and came from a jazz background.
The differences in age and musical chops proved not to be a detriment to Spirit's success, The Reporter said. The group released 11 albums between 1968 and 1977 and several singles.
The group was also the headliner at Led Zepplin's first U.S. gig in 1968.