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Subject: Gary Paxton, RiP

Dan D.
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Date Posted: Mon July 18, 2016 14:22:36

Gary S. Paxton (born Larry Wayne Stevens), singer and co-producer of "Alley Oop" as the Hollywood Argyles (#1-1960) and the "Flip" half of the duo Skip and Flip-- who gave us "It Was I" (#11-1959) and "Cherry Pie" (#11-1960), died Saturday (July 16) at his home in Branson, Missouri. He was 77 and suffered from Hepatitis C-- which almost took his life in 1990. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas, he was raised in Arizona where he started his first band at age 14, eventually dropping out of school to become a performer. After his brief career with Clyde "Skip" Battin in Phoenix, he moved to Hollywood where he produced such hits as "The Monster Mash" with Bobby "Boris" Pickett, "Along Comes Mary" and "Cherish" for the Association. He also produced "Sweet Pea" and "Hooray For Hazel" with Tommy Roe. Moving on to Country music in Bakersfield, California, he was shot three times by hit men reportedly hired by an artist he was producing (dying twice, he said, on the operating table before pulling through). He left the music business for eight years before returning to produce and perform Gospel music (having converted to Christianity), winning the Best Inspirational Grammy for a 1975 album. Gary was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Re: Gary Paxton, RiPKennyThu July 21, 2016 17:49:06

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