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Mr. Clean

Ed Cassidy turns 88 yrs old today (5/4).  If ya don't recognize the name...or the shaved Mr Clean chrome dome on the drumkit...he was the drummer for Spirit.  Ed was stylishly bald at a time when most musicians were growing hair down past their shoulders.  What was unique about Spirit was that Ed was the step-father of guitarist Randy California..not a typical relationship in rock bands.  But it DOES explain why one of Spirit's albums was called The Family That Plays Together.--which  contained their biggest hit, I Got a Line On You.  Spirit also had a very jazzy feel to their music...much of which came from Cass's jazz background.  In 1964, he had formed the band Rising Sons with Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder.  Rock on, Mister Clean....**photo by Bruce Pates**

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05/04/2011 12:12PM
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