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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Gil Orr Passing

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Lakeside, CA

Sep 27th, 2017 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was privilaged to see and hear Gil Orr play several times with Paul Johnson. I copied this from a web post.

We just lost a lesser known, but great guitar player, Gil Orr
09-20-2017, 09:14 PM
One of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. I'd been acquainted with him for many years as he was a long time member of the Chanteys (Pipeline), and half of the Surf duo (sans bass and drums), the Duo Tones.

Facebook notification by Greg Lawson:

"Very sad to announce that 1/2 of this great guitar duo passed yesterday. Gil Orr died in the early morning from a hard 5 yr battle with cancer. His pair up with Paul Johnson of the Belairs on this awesome acoustic versions CD of classic surf hits is an absolute must have in your collection. I was able to spend a good part of last Monday morning and early afternoon with Gil in the care facility he has been in recently in Dana Point. Gil's body just ran down but his mind and spirit was as sharp as any. Gil was one of the finest guitar players I've had the pleasure to know. He taught a young Ricky Nelson some of his first guitar chords and was mentored and played with Merle Travis. His playing was heavily jazz influenced and he was a well loved and respected studio musician. I was one of a group of players privileged to play Tuesday afternoons with Gil on the patio of the Newport Beach American Legion. My favorite song on this CD is Baja Nights which Gil wrote. Give this a listen if you want a smile on your face. Spending Monday with Gil has had a profound effect on me. He told me before leaving that he was ready to meet Jesus. Does not end better than that. RIP Gil."

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El Californio

Sep 27th, 2017 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My brother & I saw the Duo-tones once here in the Bay Area. What a wonderful band and concept: Surf Music 'Unplugged.' He & Paul put on a terrific acoustic surf show, took a break... then they plugged in.

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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Sep 27th, 2017 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for posting. I was lucky enough to have met Gil a few times over the years and hear him play with Paul Johnson and others. When I mentioned I had learned to play Baja Nights he smiled and said I wrote that. Great guy and an icon of surf music.

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El Californio

Sep 27th, 2017 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just occurred to me -- I guess I now have a collector's...


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