July 15, 2005
Bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin succumbed to bladder cancer on May 14. He was 77. Martin’s career started in 1949, when he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys as guitarist and vocalist. He recorded with the Osborne Brothers in the ’50s and then started his own group, the Sunny Mountain Boys. Martin contributed to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken in 1972, and, in the early ’80s, he started his own record label, King of Bluegrass...
Guitarist, keyboardist, and sax player Jim Pash, founding member of the Surfaris, passed away from congestive heart failure on April 29, at the age of 56. The Surfaris were best known for their 1963 hit, “Wipe Out.”