Posted by VIA Rom Smith on December 05, 2011 at 21:53:19:
John Jeremiah Passes
Posted by RonSmith on 12/5/2011, 3:34 pm
Anyone familiar with the Chicago anthem "Lake Shore Drive" knows John Jeremiah...
From the Oldies Music News page:
John Jeremiah, pianist with Chicago cult-favorite Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah, died Monday (December 5) from complications due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at his home in Chester, Illinois. The group’s 1973 classic, “Lake Shore Drive,” is still played on Chicago radio (and in many other cities with a large lakefront). John joined the group shortly before they released their self-titled album as a replacement for Mitch Aliotta’s brother, Ted. He had previously played with Rotary Connection and on many other sessions. Living with such artists as Janis Joplin, it’s said that the bullfrog in Hoyt Axton’s composition, “Joy To The World,” was named after John Jeremiah. Mitch and Skip Haynes released a statement on Facebook that “John was the ‘Piano Man’. His unique style was the result of not only talent, but sheer hard work and persistence. John spent three days creating his signature piano for ‘Lake Shore Drive.’ It was the same for all his music.”
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