Sunday, April 8, 2018

St. Catharines' Fraser Loveman (of the Modbeats) Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of St. Catharines' Fraser Loveman. He was the frontman of the legendary Modbeats. He passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Originally the British Modbeats (to cash in on the 60's British Invasion) the band's debut album (recorded in less than 2 days) was released in 1967.  They performed a lot at the castle in St. Catharines and also shared the stage with the Byrds, the Rascals and the Four Tops.  The group performed on and off  in the region for decades.

Fraser was also well-known as a musicologist with over 50,000 records in his collection. He was also a frequenter social media poster where he shared stories, collections and so much more.

The outpouring of love on social media was wonderful, here a few quotes:

Eddie Collins (Groovetime Productions)
I've never known anyone who was so dedicated to immersing their time daily to continuous and consecutive posts, supporting all genres of music from pre rock era, to present day.
Fraser, thru his posts brought a smile to many, including myself. We shared many private messages, and admired his respect in his comments to me personally, regarding my involvement in many facets of the music industry. Over the Christmas holidays, we had scheduled a time to phone each other, but due to Fraser's health issues, and as life's circles go, we didn't get that opportunity. Now entering the gates of 'Rock & Roll Heaven' our pal Fraser will unite with everyone he's supported, and add to hell of a band!
Paul RK Wheeler Jr (the Rockets
Fraser Loveman and I had been discussing getting together and pulling our local knowledge together to start a Niagara Music Museum. I'm so sad that now we won't have that adventure together. He was a bit of a Hero to me. Goodbye Sir
Dollar Bill
He knew, loved and collected music, no label, catagory, or specialty needed, if it was music, it was Fraser's bag and destined for one of his many shelves.
He didn't just hoard them away, but shared his knowledge and love worldwide, each morning up earlier than some go to bed.
Assorted comments
  • Your endless stories and experiences will never be forgotten.
  • He definitely lived a full life much inspiration.
  • I spent lots of time listening to his stories and shenanigans of the time.
  • Fraser always brought music to my (and many others) page with great photos & music every single day.

Video above courtesy of The Modbeats

Two videos above courtesy of Benjamin Shulman

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