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SKY SAXON

Sky_Saxon

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Richard Elvern Marsh

Description: Vocalist, Composer, US

Known For: Lead singer of “Sky Saxon and The Seeds”

Music Styles: Rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock

Location: TX, United States of America

Date Born: 20th August 1937
Location Born: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Date Died: 25th June 2009
Location Died: Austin, Texas, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site: Sky Saxon

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE
Sky Saxon

Sky “Sunlight” Saxon (August 20, 1937 – June 25, 2009) was an American rock and roll musician, best known as the leader and singer of the 1960s Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock band The Seeds.

Saxon was born Richard Elvern Marsh in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 20, 1937. Different sources suggest a birth year of 1937, 1945, or 1946. His widow has said that his birthday was August 20, but would not confirm the year because he believed age was irrelevant. However, 1940 census records indicate he was born in Utah in 1937.

Saxon began his career performing doo-wop pop tunes in the early 1960s under the name Little Richie Marsh.After changing his name to Sky Saxon, he formed the Electra-Fires in 1962 and then Sky Saxon & the Soul Rockers. Several of these early songs were collected on a 1983 album on AIP called New Fruit from Old Seeds / The Rare Sky Saxon, Volume One.

In 1965, Saxon founded the psychedelic flower power band The Seeds with Jan Savage (guitar), Rick Andridge (drums) and Darryl Hooper (keyboards). Hit songs for Saxon and the Seeds included “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine”, “Mr. Farmer” and “Pushin’ Too Hard,” which became a top 40 song and enduring rock anthem in 1967. Saxon’s singing performance was dismissed by critic Lester Bangs as an American imitation of Mick Jagger, while Michael Hicks considered it a more complicated synthesis of Jagger, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly. The music on the Seeds 1966 albums The Seeds (GNP Crescendo 2023) and A Web of Sound (GNP Crescendo 2033) have been described as “weird psychotic blues highlighting Sky’s demented, vocal sermonizing.”

A spinoff project, The Sky Saxon Blues Band, recorded one album, A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues, (GNP Crescendo 2040) with members of Muddy Waters’ band.[citation needed] At the same time, Saxon continued The Seeds, recording Future (GNP Crescendo 2038) and Raw and Alive – Merlin’s Magic Music Box (GNP Crescendo 2043). Later, in 1977 producer Neil Norman compiled and released Fallin’ Off the Edge (GNP Crescendo 2107). an album containing rare “B” sides and unissued material.

“Pushin’ Too Hard” was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

After The Seeds

In the 1970s, Saxon continued to work on the music scene, releasing a number of 45s and a few independently released LPs, often using the name Sky Sunlight Saxon, the New Seeds, or variations thereupon. His 1977 EP is particularly noteworthy.

In 1973, he became a member of the Source Family religious group, a Hollywood Hills commune led by YaHoWha (a restaurateur, whose real name was Jim Baker) who gave Saxon the names Sunlight and Arlick In 1998, Saxon orchestrated the release of a 13-CD set of the psychedelic tribal music recorded by the commune’s band Ya Ho Wa 13 during the 1970s. These original vinyl were used from the archives of Damian and Isis Aquarian and photos from Isis archives. See the untold story of “Father Yod, Yahowha 13 and the Source Family” by Isis Aquarian.

In subsequent years, Saxon released a number of albums under various band names including The Starry Seeds Band, Sky Saxon & Firewall, The Hour, Wolf Pack, Fast Planet, Back to the Garden, King Arthur’s Court, and Shapes Have Fangs. Additionally, Saxon had several times reformed The Seeds with different musician line-ups.

In 2008, Saxon and the Seeds collaborated on some new songs and recordings with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Saxon later appeared in the music video of the Smashing Pumpkins’ song “Superchrist”. Sky Saxon’s last performance and recording was done in Austin, Texas.

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Sky had great admiration for dogs and wolves. Many of his song lyrics and interviews make direct reference to this topic.

Death

On June 25, 2009, Saxon died unexpectedly in an Austin, Texas hospital of an infection that had spread throughout his organs due to a simple infection contracted at some point that was never treated. At age 71, Saxon died of heart and renal failure due to the infection.

At the time of his death, he had been scheduled to commence a tour of the United States and Canada as part of the “California ’66” tour, featuring reformed versions of The Seeds: The Electric Prunes and Love.

On July 24, 2009, members of The Smashing Pumpkins, Love, and The Electric Prunes performed a tribute concert at the Echoplex in Los Angeles in Saxon’s memory.

In 1965, Saxon founded the psychedelic flower power band The Seeds with members:

Jan Savage (guitar)
Rick Andridge (keyboards)
Darryl Hooper (drums).

Hit songs for Saxon and the Seeds included “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” and “Pushin’ Too Hard,” which became a top 40 song in 1967.

Saxon broke up the Seeds band in 1967 and formed the Sky Saxon Blues Band.

In the 1970s, Saxon became a member of the Source Family religious group, a Hollywood Hills commune led by YaHoWha who gave Saxon the names Sunlight and Arlick.

In 2008, Saxon and the Seeds collaborated on some new songs and recordings with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.

Saxon had been hospitalized with what doctors suspected was an infection of the internal organs, but the cause of death has not yet been released.

He died at the age of 71 years.

LINKS:OFFICIAL WEBSITE – Tribute album details here, as well.