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Old March 2nd, 2004, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How did Danny Gatton die?

Under the advice of many users here, I have been reading, listening and learning much about Danny. I know he passed on rather young but does anyone know how or why?

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Old March 2nd, 2004, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unfortunately he killed himself. By what awful method I don't know, nor care to know.

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Old March 2nd, 2004, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Man that's a shame. As I have learned more about him.... he was a great talent.
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Book on his life

You ought to get your hands on the book "Unfinished Business" (also get you hands on the record "unfinished Business"). Pretty much Danny's life story, well written and interesting. I don't think anyone really knows the exact reason Danny took his life, but what a shame.
No "image" no "attitude" just a guy with incredible talent.
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 07:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't know which is the more upsetting question: the how? or the why?

Suffice to say that several members here were friends of Danny's, and emotions still can run high.

I prefer to celebrate his life, rather than his unfortunate demise. Check my website, The Telemaster Archives, if you like:

http://community-2.webtv.net?RUMBLETWEED/DannyGatton
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 07:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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he was depressed. you see the hot licks vid? i sorta got sad watchin it. no joy
even listnin to his tunes sorta bummed me out for a little while.
to think a guy with that much talent, and luck, and what a life... but got no joy from it.
i hope he rests in peace
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 07:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd say we all have our own issues and only the Lord and Danny know his reasons. Maybe the stress of starting to see fame that was costing him his first love???
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 07:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Danny

It's all water over the dam. We all have our demons, and deal with them as best we can. Unfortunately, sometimes the demons win. Danny still lives through his music, and that can still inspire us, and lift us up when we listen to it.
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 07:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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ditto, could not have said it better myself.
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 08:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think Carlos Santana made a comment about Gatton

I may be incorrect, but if my memory serves, Carlos said
"You have to take the time to validate your life" What does that mean? You have to find things that bring fullfillment and meaning to your life. That which may bring validation might be..well...anything. Church, God, motorcycles....and how bout TELECASTERS. I don't want to get too heady, but in a sense, when I play guitar, and some musical magic happens, it helps validate my place in life. That feeling when you "click" with another musician and some really great sounds happen. Just my opinion.
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 09:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i'm moved
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 11:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 11:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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That makes sense. What I have been reading.... he was a hands on guy even beyond his love of music.
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Re: I think Carlos Santana made a comment about Gatton

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"You have to take the time to validate your life" What does that mean? You have to find things that bring fullfillment and meaning to your life. That which may bring validation might be..well...anything. Church, God, motorcycles....and how bout TELECASTERS. I don't want to get too heady, but in a sense, when I play guitar, and some musical magic happens, it helps validate my place in life. That feeling when you "click" with another musician and some really great sounds happen. Just my opinion.
I few years ago I read a story in The S.F. Chronical, about the untimley death Of Elvin Bishop's daughter. Elvin took much heat for going back on stage so soon after the murder. in his defence he said "when I am on stage for the few hours it is the only time I feel like living"

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Old March 3rd, 2004, 01:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Jailed?

Someone I know swears up and down that Danny was jailed not too long before he died. I told him he must be thinking of Roy Buchanan...but he and another guy I know are convinced that Danny was jailed too. Anyone know about this?

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Old March 3rd, 2004, 01:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I didn't know him very well, but I knew him somewhat...

Sometimes when I think of Danny, I think to myself " I wish I had thought to quote Marcus Aurelius to him:

"Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise."

Boy, I miss him.

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Old March 3rd, 2004, 01:45 AM   #17 (permalink)
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There was nothing in the biography

about Danny being jailed.
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Old March 3rd, 2004, 02:08 AM   #18 (permalink)
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In the reading I have been doing I read nothing about that. But even if he was.... hey spent a few nights their myself lol.
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Old March 3rd, 2004, 03:15 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Re: Shut up

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Lets talk about your family..

Leave it BE folks

What in God's name are you talking about man? I asked a simple question and said nothing but good things about the man.

You want to attack my family when I spoke nothing but good of the man? shoot.... My granny just died... that should be ammo for you to start attacking me for making mention of your GOD!

I have been here a short time and all but a few select people have acted like pricks... is this what this forum is all about? agree with me or get attacked? sheesh.

When someone puts theirself in the public eye they will recieve good and bad feedback, alive or dead. And I have not said one bad thing about DG!
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Re: Shut up

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I have been here a short time and all but a few select people have acted like pricks... is this what this forum is all about? agree with me or get attacked? sheesh.
No, it is not like that, klark1977 ....
The large majority of people here are the nicest people. There are just a couple of subjects that seem to provoke very emotional reactions - the late Danny Gatton is such a touchy subject.

I have been here for some time now, and have always avoided these 'hot button' topics.

Don't be offended ....
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