Just heard the news that John "Marmaduke" Dawson, founder of New Riders Of The Purple Sage, died. Dawson was 64 years old. So this little post is my humble tribute to him.
Dawson founded New Riders Of The Purple Sage in 1969 with guitarist David Nelson and Jerry Garcia from Grateful Dead. They were joined by Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart, both from the Dead. The two latter were later replaced by Dave Torbert and Spencer Dryden. New Riders released a bunch of great albums in the early seventies, especially the debut New Riders Of The Purple Sage (1971), Powerglide (1972), Gypsy Cowboy (1972) and The Adventures of Panama Red (1973).
John Dawson also contributed to the Grateful Dead albums Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. He co-wrote the hit "Friend of the Devil" from American Beauty.
So it's a great loss, but he will be playing on in that great gig in the sky with Garcia. And for the rest of us, the music lives on.
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Last Lonely Eagle