Minor musical passings

October 3, 2007

One of the “joys” or habits many of us newspaper readers have is reading the obits, learning of someone’s passing, and offering up a personal sigh of appreciation of how they touched our lives. One such man showed up in today’s paper: Mahlon Clark, who died at age 84 in Los Angeles. Doesn’t sound familiar? Think: clarinet player in Henri Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk.” Doesn’t ring a bell? Ok, here is a video I found on YouTube that will remind you. Thanks Mr Clark, your clarinet playing has made millions of people happy.

The next musician I salute in today’s obit section is Randy Van Horne who died at age 83. Randy was the founder of the Randy Horne Singers. Doesn’t ring a bell? Randy’s group sang the theme music to “The Flintstones,” “The Jetsons” and other memorable cartoon music in the 1960s. Those of us who grew up with this music have that first choral chord etched in our memories: FLINTstones… And for those of you who don’t know it, here is the opening of “The Flintstones” with that unforgettable jazzy choral sound. Thank you Randy for being there in our lives, whether you knew it our not.

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