Posts Tagged ‘Billy Eli’

RIP: Dick Quinn, Super Music Fan, 1947-2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Review and concert photographs by Ed Conway

My apologies to Billy Eli, a fine Austin-based singer-songwriter, as this was supposed to be a quick review of his show a couple of weeks ago. Instead, I am writing about a friend who was a true friend to many musicians, both locally and around the country, but I think Billy would understand, as he was one of those friends. Billy’s show was the last time I saw Dick Quinn and may have been the last show Dick saw (it’s hard to tell as he always had a habit of showing up despite not feeling well). Dick had been sick for many years, but would go out to as many as seven shows a week. He checked himself out of the hospital to attend a show on more than one occasion – it’s hard to tell as he didn’t always talk much about his health.

Dick Quinn

Dick Quinn

His dedication to the music scene was greatly appreciated by all who knew and loved Dick and was reciprocated by venues and bands alike. Dick had a permanently reserved table at the Ale House in Troy, as well as a parking spot outside the door so that he had a place to plug in his ever present oxygen machine and limit the distance he had to walk. There wasn’t always a sign, but patrons knew this and respected it. At any given show, Dick would talk about many things related to music and common friends, but not in a gossiping manner.

More often than not, he would wave someone over and with a devilish grin tell them a joke or two, often times not repeatable in mixed company. These jokes became his trademark, but it wasn’t necessarily the joke, but the delivery that made them funny. He had a comic’s timing. As an indication of the respect he had from local musicians, they all got together not once, but twice to play a gig just for him – not a benefit or paid concert, a show just for him. So many bands had signed up, there wasn’t time to put them all on the bill. Bands such as the Chandler Travis Three-O traveled from Cape Cod, just to take part. The last one took place just a few weeks ago (sadly, I was out of town and couldn’t go both times).

Another of his favorites, a band from down the Hudson Valley called the Five Points Band asked Dick to be in their music video of “Old Man River.” Check it out as he can be seen walking up the stairs in the opening scene.

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Five Firsts: Billy Eli

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Billy Eli

Billy Eli

NAME: Billy Eli
BAND AFFILIATION: The Billy Eli Band
INSTRUMENT: Singer, Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “KISS Alive”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Marshall Tucker Band

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … drums. I didn’t play ’em so much as just beat on ’em. lol

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Texas Bootleggers

Old-school country honky-tonker Billy Eli rolls into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany tonight for a show at 8pm. He’ll be backed by an all-star combo of musicians including Kevin Maul, Dale Haskell and Tony Markellis. The band Diego will open the show.

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