Sunday, February 28, 2016

Niagara's Rockin' Rich Dawson (of Rich and the Poor Boys) Passes

We are saddened to report that Rockin' Rich, the main man from Rich and the Poor Boys, recently passed away. Poor Boys bassist Jerry Salfi posted the following on Facebook: "I have just received word and it is my sad duty to report that Rockin Rich (Rich Dawson) has died of a heart attack in Thailand. As you can imagine this is a very sad and confusing time for everyone.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

From the band's website: Rockin’ Rich is a harmonica player and singer who has performed in Niagara Falls and Toronto since the early 1970’s. Rich has had numerous radio, TV and movie appearances. His performance schedule has taken him from street dances to beer halls -stadiums and even to resorts on the beaches of Jamaica. Rich’s dynamic stage presence and unique vocals make him a highly sought after front man. His harmonica playing is intense and electrifying with ferocious power and big fat tone. His use of creative phrasings sets him apart from most harp slingers.

We will post further information as it becomes available.

On Saturday March 5, 2016 at 9pm, There'll be a celebration/open stage in honour of Rich at the Dunn Street Grill in Niagara Falls.

Click here for the Niagara Falls Review story on Rich.

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Links: Rich and the Poor Boys, Videos above courtesy of Toronto Live Music Scene

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