JOHN WILLIAM BALDRY TRIBUTES - January 12, 1941 - July 21, 2005 - | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | home

In or around '72 when I was in and out of Viet Nam for the Navy I hear tunes from some album a Navy buddy of mine had that started off with a song filled with piano roll blues and some guy talkin'. It wasn't long before it broke loose into a hard hittin' rock and roller called 'King of Rock and Roll' and I knew this was what I had been searchin' for. Couldn't find it anywhere - then some 3 or 4 weeks ago I see on the net that it was gonna be re-released so I ordered it on the spot!!! Now you tell me he's stepped out to that great juke joint in the sky - damn! I would have cried if I had had the chance to see his face in person - hell, I'm crying' now. God bless you John - Thank you for bein' there. -David Carr

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Today at work one of my colleagues told me the news about LJB and it put me in a state of absolute shock. I don't read the papers as much as I should and missed the news. His music has inspired me in so many ways not just in my writing but in my attitude to life in general. There was a pure joy in his work that when you heard it made not just your day brighter but your whole life. I will miss him greatly. Please send my condolences to his family and let them know that John's music will never fade. He's with a really boss band now! God Bless You. -Mark Horning

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I am truly sorry that John has died; the world has lost one of it's greatest musicians and, for me, it is the final passing of my youth. He was a hero of mine, I his most ardent fan. And when he used to step down from the stage in The Refectory, Golders Green, to dance with me, I was in heaven. It was probably because I was over six feet tall in heels that he picked me and was able to sing in my ear 'I'm a king bee, buzzin' around your hive'. -Susie Herrington

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As a 30 year radio broadcaster, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my musical idols - but meeting your friend John was special. He had a rare gift - and we are all the luckier for having him making such great music, for lo' these many years. My sincere condolences to you and to John's near and dear ones, and you have to know that he will always be "The King of Rock and Roll"...for a lot of us. -Tom Jeffries

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'Allow me to express my deep sadness of our loss of Long John Baldry. He was very dear to my late husband Ronnie Lane'. Most sincerely, -Mrs.Susan Lane

'Please pass on my heartfelt condolences to the Oz at this very sad time. I always admired John and his legend will live on.'
-Greg 'Goddo' Godovitz

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