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Monday, June 18, 2018

Hamilton's Jim Milne, Founding Downchild Bassist Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton-born bassist Jim Milne. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

From Bluestime Productions:
James Douglas Milne June 6 1948-June 16 2018.

Jim Milne passed away on Saturday, June 16th in Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver after a short illness. He was 70 years old. Always known as The Downchild Blues Band`s"original bass player", Jim was a founding member with Donnie Walsh and Richard Walsh (Hock) in 1969. He performed on the band`s early recordings, Bootleg, Straight Up, Dancing, Ready To Go and So Far. His bass playing is featured on the Downchild classics, Flip, Flop & Fly, Shotgun Blues, (I've Got Everything I Need) Almost and many of the songs that gave the band it's signature sound.

Born in the Hamilton/Stony Creek area he moved to Toronto at a young age. It was the city that opened the door to his career in music. After his departure from Downchild in 1977 he headed for Vancouver to continue his journey in blues. While in Vancouver he played with The Foreman Byrnes Band (Al Forman & Jim Byrnes) and Kenny Brown & The Pervaders. Backing blues legends Lloyd Glenn, Lowell Fulson and sitting in with B.B.King were memories he cherished.

In the 80's he returned to Toronto, joining The Morgan Davis Band for a short time before relocating to Huntsville ON. In Huntsville he switched musical gears and played country music with Ed Turley & Maplestreet. In 2005 Jim moved to Gibsons, BC on the Sunshine Coast to be close to his son Doug Leyton. He eventually gave up playing music for health reasons but it was still a big part of his life and he was proud of his contribution to Canadian Blues. Gone but not forgotten.






Links: Downchild Blues BandMore Downchild Stories, Videos above courtesy of Mike Papas

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