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James A. McClure, American politician, U.S. Representative (1967–1973) and Senator from Idaho (1973–1991), died from multiple strokes he was , 86..

James Albertus “Jim” McClure  was an American politician from the state of Idaho, most notably serving as a Republican in the U.S. Senate.

(December 27, 1924 – February 26, 2011)

McClure attended public schools in Payette. Upon turning 18, he joined the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II, from 1942 to 1946. McClure graduated from the Navy Program at the University of Idaho-Southern Branch (now Idaho State University) in 1943. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Idaho‘s College of Law, graduating in 1950.
From 1950 to 1956, he served as prosecuting attorney for Payette County; he also served as city attorney for Payette from 1953 to 1966. During this span, he was also a member of the Idaho State Senate, serving from 1961 to 1966.
In the 1966 election, McClure ran for the U.S. House from Idaho’s first Congressional district. He won the race, defeating incumbent Compton I. White, Jr., and was reelected in 1968 and 1970.
In 1972, McClure ran for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retiring Len Jordan. In the general election he defeated the Democratic nominee, Idaho State University President William E. Davis. McClure was reelected by wide margins in 1978 and 1984.
In 1981, McClure joined Republican colleagues Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Steve Symms of Idaho in an unsuccessful fight to return to a purchase requirement for participation in the food stamp program. Helms cited a Congressional Budget Office study which showed that 75 percent of the increase in food stamp usage had occurred since the purchase requirement was dropped in 1977. Senators voted 33 to 66 against the Helms-McClure position. “It’s obvious the majority of the Senate is not really concerned about constraining the growth of the food-stamp program,” McClure said.[1][2]
In 1984 McClure ran for Senate Majority Leader, but was defeated by Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, who three years earlier had led the intraparty opposition to the Helms-McClure position on reinstating the purchase requirement for food stamps.
During his 18 years in the Senate, McClure served as the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1981 to 1987. In this capacity McClure emerged as an early proponent of electric cars and energy independence. He also chaired of the Senate Republican Conference from 1981 to 1985.
At age 65, McClure declined to run for a fourth term in 1990. Republican congressman Larry Craig of Midvale easily won McClure’s Senate seat in November 1990.
After leaving the Senate, McClure became a mining consultant and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., founding the firm of McClure, Gerard, & Neuenschwander. Up until his death McClure maintained a residence in McCall.
In September 1995, the new home of the College of Mines and Earth Resources at the University of Idaho was dedicated as James A. McClure Hall.
On December 12, 2001, the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Boise was renamed for McClure.


In December 2008, the 83-year-old McClure suffered a stroke and was sent to the intensive care unit at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Although initially he was expected to recover[3], McClure died at the age of 86 on February 26, 2011.[4]

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Richard J. Naughton, American vice admiral, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy (2002–2003) died he was , 64

 Vice Admiral Richard Joseph Naughton  was the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy from 2002 to 2003  died he was , 64.


(October 5, 1946 – February 25, 2011)

Navy career

Designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1969, Vice Admiral Naughton was initially assigned to Fighter Squadron 84, where he made two Mediterranean deployments aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt flying F-4 Phantoms.
In 1974, Vice Admiral Naughton completed transition training for the F-14 Tomcat, and was assigned to Fighter Squadron TWENTY FOUR, where he participated in the squadron’s first F-14 deployment in USS Constellation. In 1978, he reported to his next assignment as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Fleet Air Western Pacific, home ported in Atsugi, Japan.
In 1980, Vice Admiral Naughton reported to Fighter Squadron 111, and made deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean in USS Kitty Hawk and USS Carl Vinson. Vice Admiral Naughton joined the staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces, US Pacific Fleet in 1983, where he served as Fighter and Airborne Early Warning Training Officer.
Vice Admiral Naughton returned to Fighter Squadron 24 for his next assignment as Executive Officer. He assumed command of the squadron in April 1985. During this tour, VF-24 made deployments in USS Ranger and again in USS Kitty Hawk. VF-24 was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation during his tenure as Commanding Officer.
Following squadron command, Vice Admiral Naughton reported to Cruiser Destroyer Group FIVE as Air Operations Officer and once again deployed in USS Kitty Hawk. In February 1987, Vice Admiral Naughton began Navy Nuclear Power Training, and reported to USS Enterprise as Executive Officer in October 1988.
On 5 January 1991, Vice Admiral Naughton assumed command of USS New Orleans. During her nine-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, USS New Orleans landed Marines in Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Storm ground offensive, and served as the United States flagship for coalition minesweeping operations in the harbors of Kuwait. He detached on 29 July 1992 to attend Aircraft Carrier Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) training.
On 27 August 1993, Vice Admiral Naughton assumed command of USS Enterprise. During his command, he supervised a $2.1 billion refueling of the USS Enterprise nuclear plant. He led a 5,000-man crew through an intense shipyard refit, nuclear qualifications, and a multi-million dollar ship’s force habitability project. He re-energized a shipyard overhaul that was $100 M over budget and behind schedule. Teamed with all levels of Newport News Shipbuilding, the ship was delivered in 15 months and on budget. His shipyard acumen resulted in a comprehensive Navy-wide study for other shipyard projects and more importantly, phase two of the overhaul was completed 17% ahead of schedule and $30M under budget. Enterprise returned to the fleet with the most modern C4I systems and engineering plant on schedule and under budget. He detached on 2 February 1996.
In 1996, Vice Admiral Naughton reported to the staff of Joint Task Force-South West Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he served as Deputy Director of Operations before assuming duties as Deputy Commander in 1999.
From 1996 to 1998, he was Director for Plans and Policy (J-5) United States Transportation Command where he developed an innovative strategy for worldwide transportation and supply chain distribution. This included the first application of radio frequency tracking tags for military cargo and distributed in transit visibility by customers. He adjudicated critical concept development for future time phased deployment needs of equipment and resources in times of crisis worldwide and orchestrated the first ever Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement that gives military access to the Global Intermodal Transportation System at a predetermined cost during time of conflict. Personally awarded the Vice President of the United States Hammer Award for outstanding government and industry cooperation.
From 1998 to 2000, Naughton served as Commander, Carrier Group FOUR/Carrier Striking Force where he trained all deploying battle groups (over 100,000 sailors and marines) within the Atlantic area of responsibility and ensured all commanders were fully prepared for any contingency, had maintenance support, supply infrastructure and the proper skills to fight and win around the world. He was responsible for coordinating installations and testing with Sea, Air and Space Systems Commands to ensure configuration control and supply support for every aircraft and ship that deployed. His innovative approach completely changed and streamlined the training process increasing readiness while reducing costs.
From 2000 to 2002, he served as Commander, Naval Strike & Air Warfare Center, Naval Air Station Fallon, NV, where he led a team in developing significant skills to fly high performance aircraft in the most difficult environment. He consolidated eleven advanced training organizations, brought online a unique reach back command and control system for deployed war fighters at a fraction of original cost estimates, and trained every deploying Battle Group /Airwing team that served in Afghanistan and Iraq. These initiatives reduced cost and significantly improved readiness.
Naughton’s last assignment in the Navy was as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, an organization of over 4,000 midshipmen and 3,000 support staff with an annual budget responsibility of $220 million. During this time, he developed plans and policies to improve the skills and commitment of the future leadership of the naval service by introducing technical training solutions that reduced cost and improved quality which have become the bench mark for the Navy systems commands and staff.[citation needed]
He died February 25, 2011 in San Diego.




On May 16, 2003 Naugton stepped down as Superintendent of the Naval Academy. The decision came after an investigation by the Navy’s Inspector General (IG) into an allegation that he improperly interfered with a Marine sentry at the Naval Academy by grabbing the sentry’s wrist.[2]

After the Navy

Naughton became a director of Xenonics Holdings, Inc in May 2004, and later became Chief Executive Officer in April 2005, and then a consultant. He was also president of International Data Security (IDS).

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Dean Richards, British footballer (Bradford City, Wolverhampton, Southampton, Tottenham) died he was , 36

Dean Ivor Richards  was an English footballer who played as a defender. He began his career at hometown club Bradford City before a four year stay with Wolverhampton Wanderers died he was , 36. He left to play Premier League football with Southampton and finally Tottenham Hotspur. He also made four appearances for England under-21s.
Richards retired from playing in 2005 due to health concerns, but later returned to the game as a coach at Bradford.


(9 June 1974 – 26 February 2011)

Playing career

Bradford City

Richards was born in Bradford, where he attended Rhodesway School.[1] As a central-defender, he started his career at his home town club Bradford City. He played 86 league games for the Bantams, scoring four goals, and playing 102 games in all competitions.[2]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Richards moved on loan to promotion-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1995, making his debut on 1 April in a 1–0 win at Southend. A permanent deal was quickly arranged for a then-club record fee of £1.85 million in the close season, shortly after the club had lost in the play-offs.
Richards made four England under-21 appearances at the Toulon Tournament in 1995, making his debut as captain against Brazil. England reached the semi-final of the competition but lost to hosts France.[3]
During the 1995–96 season he was elevated to the role of club captain but, in January 1996, he was in a car crash that initially seemed to only leave him with a bruised ankle but later revealed an injured knee and back issues.[4] He subsequently missed much of the following two seasons due to persistent injuries. On the field, his performances earned the attention of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.[5][6]
He remained with the club until his contract expired at the end of the 1998–99 season; ironically his final game saw his former club Bradford win promotion to the Premier League at Molineux while Wolves missed out on a play-off place.[7][8]


In July 1999, he reached the Premier League when he was signed for Southampton by Dave Jones on a free transfer.[9] He settled quickly into the Southampton side despite replacing the popular Ken Monkou. He was was voted the fans’ Player of the Year at the end of his first season.
In the three seasons Richards was at the Saints, he made 79 appearances in all competitions and found the net seven times, before joining Tottenham Hotspur in September 2001.[9][10]

Tottenham Hotspur

He impressed new manager Glenn Hoddle so much that, when Hoddle moved to Tottenham Hotspur in March 2001, he tried to take Richards with him. This led to a drawn-out battle of words between chairman Rupert Lowe and the Tottenham board, which ended when Spurs paid £8.1 million to persuade Lowe to release Richards from his contract which he had only signed a few months earlier.[9]
Richards never realised his full potential at Tottenham due to persistent injury problems, and never fulfilled his ambition to play for his country. At the time, his transfer fee to Tottenham was the highest amount ever paid by a club for a player who hadn’t played internationally.[11]
In March 2005, he announced his retirement from the game due to illness after receiving “evidence that it would be harmful to his health to continue”. He said: “I am obviously deeply disappointed to be giving up the sport I love, but it’s the only choice.”[12] He was suffering from frequent dizzy spells and headaches that were initially thought to be an inner-ear infection.[13]


Having gained his coaching qualifications, Richards returned to Bradford City on 3 August 2007, when it was confirmed that he was taking a part-time role as youth coach.[14]


Richards died at the age of 36 on the morning of 26 February 2011 at St. Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds after a long-term illness.[12]
On 6 March 2011 two of his former clubs, Wolves and Tottenham, met in the Premier League. This fixture was designated as a tribute game, and as such featured several official and media tributes to Richards’ career and life. Joining the teams in the centre circle at Molineux Stadium for a minute’s applause before kick-off were his widow Samantha and his two sons Jayden (aged 11) and Rio (aged 7); as well as representatives from his four former clubs (Ledley King for Tottenham, Claus Lundekvam for Southampton, Matt Murray for Wolves, and Mark Lawn for Bradford City); two of his former managers Graham Taylor and Dave Jones; and two former teammates, Don Goodman and James Beattie.[15]

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Roch Thériault, Canadian cult leader and convicted murderer, was murdered in prison he was , 63

Roch “Moïse” Thériault was the leader of a small religious group based near Burnt River, Ontario, Canada was murdered in prison he was , 63. Between 1977 and 1989 he held sway over as many as 12 adults and 22 children, he had 26 children when he passed, fathering the other 4 during visits in prison from some of the “wives”. He used all of the nine women as concubines, and may have fathered most of the children in the group.

(May 16, 1947 – February 26, 2011)

He was arrested for assault in 1989, and convicted of murder in 1993. At the time of his death in 2011 he was continuing to serve out a life sentence, having been denied parole in 2002. Along with Clifford Olsen and Paul Bernardo, Thériault was considered one of Canada’s most notorious criminals.[2]
During his reign, Thériault mutilated several members. He once used a meat cleaver to chop off the hand and part of the arm of Gabrielle Lavallée, one of his concubines, also removing eight of her teeth. He was accused of castrating a 2-year-old boy, as well as at least one adult male, and of murdering his legal spouse, Solange Boilard, by disembowelment, purportedly while trying to perform surgery on her, in 1988.[3][4]
The group was based primarily on religious themes, such as womens’ obedience to men, polygamy, harsh punishments, the righteousness of the leader and the sinfulness of the followers, and living miracles. Thériault was called “father (papy)” and re-christened all members with biblical names. He also claimed to be a reincarnation of the prophet Moses, and demanded the respect appropriate for such a figure. He allegedly tried to resurrect a woman he had killed by sawing the top off her corpse’s skull and masturbating into the cavity.[1]
Thériault was able to persuade his followers to sell their belongings, sever ties with their families, and move to a commune near Burnt River, about 100 km northeast of Toronto. Thériault convinced the women that all of them were his wives, and that they should bear him children. Even while he was in prison, three of his wives continued conjugal visits and two of the three bore him more children.

Related works

In 2002, the film Savage Messiah depicted Thériault’s crimes against his followers and the ensuing legal recourse. The film starred Luc Picard as Thériault and Polly Walker as Paula Jackson, the social worker whose investigation revealed the crimes.[5][6] Gabrielle Lavallée, wrote an autobiographic book about the sect titled L’alliance de la brebis (“Alliance of the Sheep”), ISBN 2920176854


Roch Thériault was found dead in his cell, February 26, 2011, at Dorchester Penitentiary, in New Brunswick. He was 63 years old. His death is believed to be the result of an altercation with his cell mate, a 59 year- old man, who killed Theriault and has been arrested for the killing. [7][8]

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Mark Tulin American bass player (The Electric Prunes, The Smashing Pumpkins), died from a heart attack he was , 62,

Mark Tulin  was the bassist with The Electric Prunes. They had hit singles with “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night” and “Get Me To The World on Time”. In particular, “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night” is regarded by many critics as a defining song of the psychedelic and garage rock music, appearing on the famous Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 compilation in 1972. It was also featured prominently in the 1969 film Easy Rider. In the late 1990s, renewed interest in The Electric Prunes led to a reunion of the original lineup. Since then, the band has toured and released albums consistently.

(November 21, 1948 – February 26, 2011)

Tulin gained much mainstream attention in 2009 when it was announced that he was joining The Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan in the studio to demo songs for what would become the band’s eighth full length album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.[2] Tulin met Billy Corgan in 2008 when Corgan was recording music with The Seeds front man Sky Saxon. In an interview with the band’s official Web site, Tulin praised these sessions with the band saying they were times of “limitless possibility” and that the new music was “…interesting, innovative, and arresting.”[3]

Following the death of Sky Saxon in June 2009, Tulin took part in Corgan’s tribute band Spirits in the Sky which played a show on July 24, 2009.[4] Following the success of the show, Corgan had the band play a small tour of extremely small venues in California in August 2009. These shows included Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro on guitar with Corgan, as well as many of The Smashing Pumpkins’ longtime collaborators. In November 2009, Tulin played in the band The Backwards Clock Society with Billy Corgan and longtime Smashing Pumpkins collaborator Kerry Brown to raise money for an injured friend of Corgan.
In March 2010, following the departure of Smashing Pumpkins touring bassist Ginger Pooley to raise her newborn infant, Tulin was announced as a temporary live bassist until a permanent replacement could be found.[5] During this time, Tulin played his only full length show with The Smashing Pumpkins on April 17, 2010 in celebration of Record Store Day. A few days later, Tulin played “Widow Wake My Mind” with the band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In May 2010, the band officially announced Nicole Fiorentino as the newest official member of the band.[6] In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, Corgan confirmed that Tulin’s bass parts were featured on the first EP of Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Volume 1: Songs for a Sailor.[7]
In late 2010 Mark Tulin was recording and performing with The Electric Prunes, who were signed to independent label Starry Records started by Kerry. Brown.[8]
In October 2010 he joined The Icons, aka The Psychedelic Garage Band, a group with other rock veterans. The final edit of the promo video they shot in January 2011 was very nearly completed at the time of his death.
On February 26, 2011 Tulin collapsed while helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in Avalon, California. Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Fire Department medics responded immediately, but he could not be revived and was pronounced dead.[1]

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Rick Coonce, American drummer (The Grass Roots) died he was , 64

Erik Michael Coonce , better known as Rick Coonce, born in 1946 at the City of Los Angeles Hospital, was drummer for The Grass Roots, a successful rock group that received heavy airplay on the radio from 1967 to 1972 died he was , 64. Due to renewed interest in classic bands, The Grass Roots and Coonce’s driving drum beats are popular even into the new millennium. He was born in Los Angeles, California on August 1, 1946, at The City Of Angels Hospital.
He attended a Catholic school for six years while his mother worked to support the family. His father played the fiddle and his mother sang. Rick developed a keen interest in music at an early age by observing his parents and his older brother’s guitar lessons. Rick’s mother insisted he should play the accordion despite his interest in guitar. While pursuing the accordion he noticed that girls had little interest in that particular instrument.

(August 1, 1946 – February 25, 2011)



At 12 Rick decided he wanted to play drums. His mother surprised him with the special Christmas present of a used snare drum, hi-hat cymbal, and stand. Rick added to his set right away, acquiring mismatching pieces as he could.
At 16 years old Coonce taught drums at the Adler Music Store. Befriending the owner, Herb Wall, he was offered a new set of drums with nothing down and payments each month. He went to high school in Simi Valley and became active in bands, playing wherever he could. He also worked at the Sunkist Orange packing house, and often played gigs after work.
An early group was named The Beethovens. With the exception of Coonce, all the members were Mexican-American. They played anywhere they could to get noticed. Freddie Trujillo played lead guitar, John Sepulvada played bass, Mike Vasquez played sax and Ruben Arvizo played rhythm guitar. The band was affectionately called “four beans and a tortilla”. They covered several Beatles songs, with an emphasis on achieving the harmonies of Lennon and McCartney. Coonce was strongly influenced by Mexican folk music and rock legend Ritchie Valens. Rick’s older brother went to the same high school as Valens, and attended at the same time.
In 1966, The Beethovens played at a Battle Of The Bands in Hollywood and took second place. A future band mate, Rob Grill was a singer in one of the other competing bands that night. They actually did better than The Beethovens but were disqualified because one of their band members was a professional musician, so Rick’s group moved up in rank.
Creed Bratton and Warren Entner were in the audience that night and saw Coonce play. They called him later and asked him to join their band, The 13th Floor. Kenny Fukomoto played bass and sang in the group. Through Rick’s relationship with music store owner Herb Wall, the struggling new group was allowed access to the store’s equipment. The 13th Floor played wherever they could. Eventually they put together a demo tape and sent it to Dunhill Records.
P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri heard the demos and liked them. The 13th Floor were on their way to a recording contract but met an obstacle when Kenny Fukomoto was drafted into the army. The group lacked a bass player and singer so they visited the Musician Union #69 in Hollywood. There they saw a posting for Rob Grill. Rob tried out for the open slot and was dynamite.
In 1967, the group changed their name to The Grass Roots to take advantage of prior name recognition and recorded “Let’s Live For Today“. The iconic song peaked at #8 on the Hot 100. Capturing the mood of the era, “Let’s Live For Today” kicked the group into stardom.
With the help of producers like Steve Barri and pushed forward by Coonce’s energetic drumming, which often emphasized the bass beat, the band evolved a unique sound. Some of the hits that continue to get airplay are “Midnight Confessions“, “I’d Wait A Million Years”, and “Temptation Eyes”. Coonce appeared with the group on many television programs such as American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show. The Grass Roots appeared in a major motion picture starring Doris Day called With Six You Get Eggroll. Rick also composed songs with The Grass Roots, co-authoring “Feelings” and “Get it Together” (a theme song for the ABC television show) and self composing “Truck Drivin’ Man”. Rick was able to work with drummer legend Hal Blaine, who was an importance influence.
The Grass Roots played at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Sunday June 11, 1967 in the “summer of love” as their top ten hit “Let’s Live For Today” was hitting the airwaves. This music festival is important because it occurred before the Monterey Pop Festival but did not have a movie to document it for the ages (see List of electronic music festivals). On Sunday October 27, 1968 they played at the San Francisco Pop Festival and then played at the Los Angeles Pop Festival and Miami Pop Festival in December of that year as their top ten hit “Midnight Confessions” was hitting the airwaves.
The Grass Roots played at Newport Pop Festival 1969 at Devonshire Downs which was a racetrack at the time but now is part of the North Campus for California State University at Northridge. They played on Sunday June 22 which was the final day of the festival as their top twenty hit “Wait A Million Years” was hitting the airwaves. In Canada, they played at the Vancouver Pop Festival at the Paradise Valley Resort in British Columbia in August 1969 (see List of electronic music festivals).
In 1971, Coonce left the band and moved to Canada. When he applied for citizenship they told him that there was a point system. They immediately gave him the full ten points because they needed more musicians. He played in many local groups since his immigration. He loved the island on which he lived, farmed and the music he recorded in his studio.
Rick was approached by a friend about working as a child protection social worker and did that important work in Canada for 27 years until his retirement. Often with his keen sense of humor he was able to break the ice with many troubled children and families, helping them find a road to a better life. Rick was a dedicated family man with a loving wife, two children and two grandchildren to fill his days. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed the peaceful living at his home on Vancouver Island. He continued to write songs, record in his studio, and had a great love for music as always. In 2000, he released a solo album on CD. It featured many songs written by him.
Coonce died on February 25, 2011.


The Grass Roots Singles

  • 1967 – Let’s Live for Today / Depressed Feeling (US #8)
  • 1967 – Things I Should Have Said / Tip Of My Tongue (US #23)
  • 1967 – Wake Up, Wake Up / No Exit (US #68)
  • 1968 – Melody For You / Hey Friend (US #123)
  • 1968 – Feelings / Here’s Where You Belong
  • 1968 – Midnight Confessions / Who Will You Be Tomorrow (US #5) Gold Record – RIAA Certification
  • 1969 – Bella Linda / Hot Bright Lights (US #28)
  • 1969 – Melody For You / All Good Things Come To An End
  • 1969 – Lovin’ Things / You And Love Are The Same (US #49)
  • 1969 – The River Is Wide / (You Gotta) Live For Love (US #31)
  • 1969 – I’d Wait A Million Years / Fly Me To Havana (US #15)
  • 1969 – Heaven Knows / Don’t Remind Me (US #24)
  • 1970 – Walking Through The Country / Truck Drivin’ Man (US #44)
  • 1970 – Baby Hold On / Get It Together (US #35)
  • 1970 – Come On And Say It / Something’s Comin’ Over Me (US #61)
  • 1970 – Temptation Eyes / Keepin’ Me Down (US #15)
  • 1971 – Sooner Or Later / I Can Turn Off The Rain (US #9)

The Grass Roots Albums

  • 1967 – Let’s Live For Today (US #75)
  • 1968 – Feelings
  • 1968 – Golden Grass (US #25) Gold Record – RIAA Certification
  • 1969 – Lovin’ Things (US #73)
  • 1969 – Leavin’ It All Behind (US #36)
  • 1970 – More Golden Grass (US #152)
  • 1971 – Their 16 Greatest Hits (US #58) Gold Record – RIAA Certification

Solo Album

  • 2000 – Lackadaisical Day

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Eneas Perdomo, Venezuelan folk singer died he was , 80

Eneas Perdomo was a Venezuelan popular singer died he was , 80. He was one of the most recognized singer/songwriters of the Venezuelan Joropo genre.

(July 11, 1930 – February 25, 2011)

 Early years

Eneas Perdomo was born El Yagual, a town in the state of Apure, in Venezuela in 1930. His parents were Vicente Perdomo and Rosa Carrillo. As a youngster, he worked in the typical occupations of a man from the Venezuelan plains: cow herdsman, farm hand and truck driver.

Main body of work

He got his start in radio in the state of Guárico. His first recording, made in the late 1950s, was a poem by Cesar Sánchez Olivo entitled Soga, Despecho y Alero. He went on to record more than 40 LPs and wrote many songs which have become Joropo standards. His best known song is Fiesta en Elorza a celebration of the festivities of the town of Elorza in the state of Apure.
He received a lot of honors (more than 200), among them the Orden al Libertador, Orden Ricardo Montilla, Orden Emilio Sojo, Orden Sol Del Perú. He had a plaza dedicated to him, and a street named after him by the town of Elorza, who named him Illustrious Son.


Eneas Perdomo died at the Military Hospital located in the city of Caracas, after a long illness.

Selected Compositions

  • A Barinas
  • El Regional
  • El Verdun
  • Fiesta en Elorza
  • Flor Sabanera
  • La gaviota
  • Lia
  • Paisaje Apureño
  • Periquera
  • Pescador del Río Apure
  • Puente Sobre Apure
  • Recuerdos Llaneras
  • Sabanas de Aráuca
  • Sabanera
  • Semana Santa en Achaguas
  • Vestida de Garza Blanca / Alcaraván Compañero

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