Commander Cody launches from earth (RIP George Frayne)

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    crap... I liked Commander Cody
     
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    I saw him in Gardiner MT Fourth of July 1979 and it was a complete town party. They had to close down US Highway 89 so many people dancing in the street. RIP.
     
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    CC + LPA - one of my favourite sounds from the 70’s. Great guitar sounds
     
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    I was never THAT big a fan, but I saw them once in ‘77 (NRPS opened) and good lord was it a FUN show. As hard as musicians tend to live, it’s sad, but not tragic, when one dies in his late ‘70s.

    RIP Commander…

    -Ray
     
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    One of the best bands, too much fun.
    Must be the end of an era~
     
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    One of my few brushes with the famous was with Mr. Frayne, the most famous person whose name I never knew. A good friend from college took us to see Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen at the Palomino. I'd never seen anything like that. During a band break the commander himself was at the urinal next to me. He said, "How's it going, man?"

    I still have the record. Might put it on today, get lost in the ozone again. RIP, Commander.



    P.S. @DavidP, that obit is a great article. Thanks for posting it.
     
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    I am so saddened to hear this. I adored George. We had some great conversations backstage and he was one of the funniest guys... The last time I talked to him, we were trying to define his music style with a name around a makeshift backstage bar. Of course, the 1st thing he says is "Diesel-billy". I countered with "hard boogie", he thought that was funny and stated that makes him the anti-Ozzie. I got him to opine about the Dead's 1974 Wall of Sound that he got to perform with on a couple occasions. Apparently, size does matter. I offered him a Yamaha baby grand for a show, and he chose his Korg. He would hobble out on stage and hang his cane on his keyboard, greet the crowd, and we were off to the races! I will miss him. His guitarist, Mark, taught me the riff to Hot Rod Lincoln, which is part of my personal repertoire today, although I can't play it quite as fast as either he or Bill played it.
     
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    Even in his later years he still brought it. Saw him twice in the mid to late 2000s in small clubs around here and he still could bring the house down-all smiles and fun. Thanks Commander.

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    I’m sure more than a few of the members here got a huge dose of country music from the Commander. I saw them live in the early ‘70s and they were one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. RIP Commander.
     
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    God I loved all their stuff. RIP George
     
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    Rip. George. In the ozone now.
     
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    bummer....Play me some Honkey Tonk music is one of my go to's
     
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    George was great. He would play regularly at Chan’s in Woonsocket, where many of his paintings adorn the walls.
    He would chat amiably with anyone.
    That boogie piano crossed with honky tonk stayed fresh and potent. And, good lord, the songs…
    RIP
     
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    I bet there won't be too much run going on in heaven. :(

     
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    R.I.P. COMMANDER! What's The Matter Now?
     
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    I guess I've never heard of Commander Cody, well at least not that one. So now I'm wondering if the Commander Cody character in Star Wars was named after him. That would be a cool tribute!
     
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    Very possible. I suspect both the musical Commander Cody and the one in Star Wars were both based on the "original" Commander Cody, a character from a series of movies from the 1950s. I used to watch the reruns as kid on Sunday mornings. Yes, this was high tech, sci fi, back then. Watch Boba Fet in Star Wars, it was a clear nod to this Commander Cody flying suit and all.


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    One of my all-time favorite records is this:

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    Double live album recorded on a European tour.
    Also dig the "Live at the Armadillo World Headquarters" record.

    Started with a copy on vinyl, which I still have.
    Wore out a couple of cassette dubs (truck drivin' music is great for roadtrips).
    Got it on CD around 2000.
    Finally, ripped it onto my MP3 player so it still goes with me on roadtrips.
    It's still on Amazon for $13.99 - but probably not for long.

    Got to see the Commander in the mid-'80s in a threadbare locals joint in Vegas called "Nevada Charlie's." The place was a dump, but they booked some interesting bands (saw Leon Redbone there as well). He was a little under the weather that night, but he still brought it.

    Here's one for the road:



    Like Frank Zappa, the world will never see his like again.
    Have fun in the ozone Commander!!! :cool:
     
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    Don't mind if I do! I love live albums. Thanks for this.

    Edit: CD set ordered, and @Mark E Rhodes, the Ozone LP is on the turntable, will be at least all day.
     
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