HUGH McCRACKEN R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
April 1, 2013
Not only was Hugh McCracken a good friend he was one of most important musical influences in my life! During his divorce he slept on my couch and one night he took he took me to the opening of club Salvation where I saw Jimi Hendrix play for the first time and was “Galactically inspired”
The next day Hugh took me to Manny’s music store and he helped me pick out a white telecaster, like he and Jimi played! Then we went back to my apartment and wrote, “IT”S ONLY THE DOG” which I produced on the Kingsmen (“LOUIE, LOUIE”.) The song was covered a few years later by the Australian group the Night Riders and has become a cult classic.
Hugh’s songwriting abilities were always overshadowed by his success as a musician, which included playing guitar on each of the Beatles solo projects and being seriously considered to replace the late Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones.
While he encouraged my guitar playing, i encouraged his writing and even got Ray Charles to cut, “Go On Home”, but he preferred doing studio work.
Condolences to Hollye McCracken, his family and friends, i know you’re gonna’ miss him!
Hugh McCracken, you were a very special man , may you ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
Respectfully, your friend Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the-web/
Other comments about the passing of Hugh McCracken from around the web include
“It is with unspeakable sadness that I share with you the passing of one of the greatest friends and greatest guitarists/musicians who ever graced this planet,” he wrote viaUltimate Classic Rock.“I am truly privileged to have known this man throughout all of my adult life. See ya on the other side, Hugh McCracken…”
I cannot imagine losing two of my closest pals in the same week. It’s a
shock to my nervous system and they leave a hole in my heart the size of:
“all the years we’ve been colleagues and friends” …
These are not words I’m writing, these are my tears which mystically create
the text in this e-mail to you.
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