04/15/09

Saxophonist Ron Stallings Dies at 62

Ron Stallings, 62, a tenor saxophonist who worked within both the rock and jazz genres, died April 13 in Berkeley, Calif. The cause was cancer.

Best known as a member of the News Brothers, the horn section of the rock group Huey Lewis and the News, Stallings also performed Afro-Cuban jazz with the Machete Ensemble and with his own band Que Calor. In addition, Stallings’ sax could be heard with jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, vocalist Gladys Knight, and with such Bay Area rock stalwarts as Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Merl Saunders and Jesse Colin Young. Born in Houston in 1947, Stallings joined Lewis’ band in 1994 and remained a member until his death.

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Ron Stallings

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