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Subject: Remembering Dick

Lorne Rall
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Date Posted: 11:22:28 01/20/02 Sun

It is not without a tear that I am writing about our old friend Dick Fegy. I hadn't seen Dick since I moved from L.A. in '91, but I have nothing but fond memories of the times I spent with him. I remember my friend Frank Sullivan talking about the house band at Nashville West in El Monte and raving about this great guitar player they had named Dick Fegy. I stopped by one night fully expecting to see this litle Japanese guitar player who I thought was called Dick Fiji. He was not at all what I had pictured in my mind. I ended up subbing there one Saturday night for Bill Bryson not long after that. Dick made me feel really welcome by helping out with the chord changes; holding up chord numbers with his fingers and playing at the same time. Not always easy to do. Dick always seemed to be aware of when I needed to know a chord and would be there with the change just in time. We worked together in various musical configurations over the next few years. We used to carpool a lot out to Narods in Chino to play with Heather Myles. Dick seemed to enjoy driving his Saab and the hour drive was just long enough for him to smoke a big thick cigar. I really enjoyed his fiddle playing as much as anything he did and had him come in and play on the Lonesome Strangers record. He ended up playing fiddle and mandolin. Dick wasn't too keen on playing fiddle on the record; he wasn't crazy about his fiddle playing at the time for some reason. I thought his tone and feel were perfect for the songs and insisted he play it. And of course his playing was nothing short of perfect for the songs. As much as anything you can really feel his musical spirit in those songs. It has been real sad losing musical friends over the past couple years; Donald Lindley, Doug Sahm, and Champ Hood, among others. It sure must be a hell of a band they've got there. I'll always remember Dick for his humbleness, musical genius, and his subtle, unoffensive sense of humor ...... And his blazing rendition of 'Down On The Corner'.

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