6.22.2015

GARY QUACKENBUSH SRC LEAD GUITARIST HAD DIED


Sad news to hear that amazingly gifted guitarist Gary Quackenbush passed away this past weekend . Gary was the original and most fabulous guitarist of the band Scot Richard Case aka SRC.

SRC's first hit record...



Scott Richard Case aka SRC was formed by Scott Richardson, the Chosen Few lead singer, with Gary's band, The Fugitives, which featured his brother Glenn Quackenbush & E.G. Clawson, and Robin Dale, Bass & Vocals, the only British member of the group. Jeep Holland, manager of The Rationals, became their manager.



We had the lovely opportunity to watch Quack in action and up close when we filmed him in 2010 in a small rehearsal studio in Ann Arbor. With Chris Taylor, Al King and Mark Sisto. This was a spontaneous session with no rehearsal..but what a joy for me to watch...



Gary's unique style influenced legions of young guitarists and his signature style lives on...
Our condolences go out to his family and many friends....RIP Quack

Gary Quackenbush is survived by brother, Glenn, of New Hudson; sister, Martha Leabu, of Brighton; and 10 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. The family asks that donations be sent to the Hospice of Lenawee, 1903 Wolf Creek Highway, Adrian, Michigan.

10 comments:

Paul Warren said...

Gary Quackenbush, the guitarist of the 60s Detroit rock band SRC, has passed away. I used to go see them when I was a kid, and Gary and I became friends in LA, in the 70s. He was a fine guitarist, and really nice guy. A Detroit guitar hero. RIP, "Quack".

Joe Klein said...

I met Quack once in the 70's in L.A. as well. He dropped by my recording studio on Pico Blvd. during a demo session. It was over forty years ago, and I'll be damned if I can remember whose session it was. In fact, I haven't even thought about that one-time meeting with Gary, probably since it happened! Too bad. I do remember he was a cool dude.

Freddie Bender said...

I first heard Purple Haze by the SRC. Gary got the great tone with his Les Paul and Super Beatle amp. I was 17. Then Devar took me to Morgan Sound where they did Silverhawks Single. Thats when I got to know Gary. He was such a great guy to a young me. Gary played on Marks song and pulled the tune together with his fuzz. He was a really nice guy. I was influenced by him a lot. That mid Range boost gave him that unique tone. He will be missed by me.

Anonymous said...

Another Legend Gone RIP
He was one of two guitar players to develop The EV SRO Speaker with Ted Nugent

Thomas Gapen said...

Loved that band. I don't know one person who has ever heard of them. Listened to Milestones till the record skipped so bad I couldn't stand it anymore. Still have every note in my DNA.

Peter Cavanaugh said...

I am saddened to learn of Gary's passing. He was a superior musician and a powerful influence at a critical time in the development and evolution of Michigan Rock & Roll. I can still see him on stage whipping his guitar into ecstatic frenzy during the closing moments of "Hall of the Mountain King" as a thunderstorm roared into the Sherwood Forest in perfect synchronization with sky slashing lightning flashes as the song concluded and the rain came down. Long live S.R.C. God Bless Gary Quackenbush!

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Peter Mercy said...

Fast Eddie and I showed up at his house right after they had been robbed Gary had actually been shot at by the thieves and had a bullet hole in the flair of his bellbottom pants... Even in this crazy situation his personality shown thru and he was very gracious to Ed and I who had already been fans since early high school

cbrillow said...

Oh, my -- late to this sad party! Very sorry to hear of this, almost two years after-the-fact.

Loved Gary's work with SRC, especially on the first album & Milestones I was a big fan of Detroit guitarin', particularly the high energy stuff with long, creamy fuzz from Gary and the Nuge. And Dick Wagner!

Memorable times, indeed. Well, his music will live on and I'll do my best to keep it alive!

R.I.P. Gary

Daybreaks said...

Another fine musician has joined that big rock band in heaven. RIP

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