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Subject: Re: HK Mike has passed away today.

Mike C
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Date Posted: Sat January 14, 2017 11:13:46
In reply to: Randy Steele 's message, "HK Mike has passed away today." on Fri January 13, 2017 17:55:14

I may be the only one here to have actually met him.

A few years ago he took me on a tour of the fleshpots of Hong Kong, which he appeared to know intimately. He had brought along a Buddy Holly CD and the madam of one particular house put it on – I have a vivid recollection of these hookers all swaying seductively (and surreally)to ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’. Mike had a wicked sense of humour and while this was going on he made a call to a very well known ex-poster here to regale him with a description of the scene, putting me in prime position. We ended up in a pub with live music and he was very unimpressed with my back-up singing to ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’.

Two or three years later he was our house guest for a couple of nights. If you think his posts here showed intolerance for anything that doesn’t rock, you should have seen him in action. He had a complete contempt for any other kind of music. In fact, the word ‘contempt’ doesn’t really do this justice. I tried to expand his knowledge by playing some country rock, e.g. Steve Earle, Albert Lee, and he was saying ‘take it off’ after about three or four bars. I did manage to introduce him to Dion’s ‘Brooklyn Blues’ which he quite appreciated. I scored a moral victory when I asked him if he realized that Chuck Berry’s vocal style was based on Nat ‘King’ Cole. I put on my records of the Trio from the late 1940s and he got the point immediately, liked them so much that I had to copy them for him.

He definitely lived in a fifties bubble. His language when referring to people like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen is unrepeatable here and – especially of course – the Beatles – they basically ruined his life. Whenever he mentioned their name he virtually spat it out.

He could be difficult to get on with but then so can I and I wasn’t so close to him in later years. But he was also magnanimous and he had the most encyclopaedic knowledge of roots music of anyone I’ve ever met.

He is a great loss to this board.


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Re: HK Mike has passed away today.Lothar PeddSat January 14, 2017 13:07:38
    Re: HK Mike has passed away today.Larry Zinter (sad)Sun January 15, 2017 11:32:48

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