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Message: 1 Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 22:42:52 -0000 From: "ed_salamon" Subject: (unknown) Monday, July 12, 2004 Last updated 1:46 p.m. PT Rockabilly singer Ersel Hickey dies THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- Ersel Hickey, a rockabilly singer best known for "Bluebirds Over The Mountain," has died at age 70, according to a longtime friend. Hickey had been hospitalized at NYU Medical Center after surgery to have his bladder removed because of a tumor, according to Johnny Vallis, a friend and sometime publicist for the singer. He died after coming down with an infection, Vallis said. Hickey, a native of Brighton, N.Y., started singing in his teens, as a solo act and also with R&B groups. His first record, released in the late 1950s, was "Then I'll Be Happy/Baby You're No Good." But he is best known for his 1958 hit "Bluebirds Over The Mountain," which he also co-wrote. It was re-recorded by The Beach Boys a decade later. He also wrote songs for other artists, including Jackie Wilson's "The Millionaire" and LaVern Baker's "A Little Bird Told Me So." Hickey had no survivors, according to Vallis. __________________________________________________________________ "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" was a staple oldie on WHN in New York when I programmed it. I last saw Ersel when he was in the audience at a program held at the Museum of Television and Radio in conjunction with WHN being named their "Legendary Station Of The Year" in 1998. I introduced him and he got a big round of applause. The record had been a huge hit in NYC when it came out. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 22:41:51 -0000 From: "ed_salamon" Subject: (unknown) Monday, July 12, 2004 Last updated 1:46 p.m. PT Rockabilly singer Ersel Hickey dies THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- Ersel Hickey, a rockabilly singer best known for "Bluebirds Over The Mountain," has died at age 70, according to a longtime friend. Hickey had been hospitalized at NYU Medical Center after surgery to have his bladder removed because of a tumor, according to Johnny Vallis, a friend and sometime publicist for the singer. He died after coming down with an infection, Vallis said. Hickey, a native of Brighton, N.Y., started singing in his teens, as a solo act and also with R&B groups. His first record, released in the late 1950s, was "Then I'll Be Happy/Baby You're No Good." But he is best known for his 1958 hit "Bluebirds Over The Mountain," which he also co-wrote. It was re-recorded by The Beach Boys a decade later. He also wrote songs for other artists, including Jackie Wilson's "The Millionaire" and LaVern Baker's "A Little Bird Told Me So." Hickey had no survivors, according to Vallis. __________________________________________________________________ "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" was a staple oldie on WHN in New York when I programmed it. I last saw Ersel when he was in the audience at a program held at the Museum of Television and Radio in conjunction with WHN being named their "Legendary Station Of The Year" in 1998. I introduced him and he got a big round of applause. The record had been a huge hit in NYC when it came out. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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