Vancouver guitarist and singer Jerry Doucet died Monday on the age of 70.
The Juno-winning rocker behind the 1977 hit Mama Let Him Play died surrounded by his family after battling most cancers, his son talked about.
Fellow Vancouver musician Dalannah Gail Bowen was actually one among Doucette’s dwell backing vocals inside the Seventies.
“I’m a Doucet girl,” she suggested CBC News. “When Jerry places on the guitar, it’s magic – he takes it to a different stage…he is aware of the right way to interact an viewers.
“He went national with Mama Let Him Play. It changed his life and his relationship with music.”
“These iconic songs – a very nice guy”
The album, which featured its Billboard Top 100 hit single, went platinum. People who know Doucet describe him as nice, charming on stage and tenacious.
Longtime bandmate Mark Ibarra says Doucette’s distinctive lineup was his principal inspiration as a drummer. When Ibala moved to Vancouver better than 20 years prior to now, his solely hope was to play with the icon.
“When I first started playing drums as a kid, I used to play along with Jerry’s albums,” Ibarra suggested CBC News. “Jerry called me one day and said, ‘Okay, you come with me’… Whenever Jerry calls, I always say yes.”
His son suggested CBC News that his father’s music “will live on forever.”
“It was very special to see the joy he brought to so many people, and I will always stand by that,” Gerry Doucet Jr. talked about in an interview Tuesday. “His music will live on forever and hopefully he will inspire others to pick up the guitar and follow their dreams – that’s a big deal for him.”
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Ibarra remembers a gig on the Rock the Lake pageant in Kelowna in August 2016. Doucette suggested him he was unwell sooner than he fell.
But that didn’t impact his effectivity.
“Suddenly he fell in the middle of our set,” Ibarra talked about. “They referred to as the paramedics and gave him oxygen … however he went again on stage straight away and blew everybody away.
“He was supported as he performed the guitar and he performed ‘mum’ like he had by no means performed earlier than.
He went to the hospital solely after filming; his well being deteriorated thereafter.
Mark Rankin, guitarist and co-founder of Vancouver’s R&B band The Mojo Stars, recollects a 2014 charity present in New Westminster, BC with Doucette – a incapacity Doucette has supported for years Children’s annual fundraiser.
“A lot of people, like myself, were influenced by him as a songwriter,” Rankin suggested CBC News. “He’s a great guitarist, a great singer and such an iconic song — and a very nice guy.”
Two of Doucette’s private longtime bandmates — keyboardist Kenny Boychuck and bassist Trevor Newman — later joined Rankin’s band, whereas Ibarra generally carried out dwell with The Mojo Stars.
“His songs have been the soundtrack to a lot of people, especially my generation,” Rankin talked about. “A lot of people will miss him terribly.”
“Not Just Dad”
Doucet was born in Montreal in 1952. At 11, he joined his first band, The Reefers, and later carried out in Brutus, Timeseed and Rocket Norton.
Only moved to BC. His solo occupation began inside the Seventies and acquired him a Juno Award in 1979.
“When he played guitar and rocked countless places with the Doucette band, I realized, ‘Hey, it’s not just dad,’” his son talked about. “He means a lot to so many people out there.”