Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thanks For The Music, Mr. Gaffney

The music world took another hit last week when Chris Gaffney, lead singer of the Hacienda Brothers, passed away from liver cancer. He was 57 years old.

He never enjoyed super-stardom and he never got rich; but he was able to spend most of his life doing something he loved, and he did it well -- whether working as one of Dave Alvin's Guilty Men or leading the Hacienda Brothers.

Hell, he even got to hang with one of my musical heroes, soul legend Dan Penn, who wrote, co-wrote, and produced a number of sides for the Hacienda Brothers. Penn makes a cameo appearance in the video below, supplying some background vocals on "What's Wrong With Right," the title track of the band's 2006 release (Proper American).

Chris Gaffney certainly had soul. And based both upon what I've read about him and what I picked up during the concerts I attended, he seemed to have a pretty good sense of humor, too.

I know he'll be missed.

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