The Flemtones lost their drummer, Mr. Orlando Staton, to COVID-19 on Friday.
I had been playing with him since 1974 in various incarnations of the same high-school band, lastly in our current line-up. He was a great drummer, a wonderful friend and the kindest, gentlest soul I have ever and possibly will ever meet. Our last show together (and the last one for the Flemtones, obviously) was on February 28th, our 34th Anniversary playing a monthly gig at a pub in northern NJ. Three weeks after that, he was gone.
No idea why I'm posting this here, except that fellow bassists will know the special relationship between themselves and drummers. That glance, the wink, the nod, the smile that says 'let's show 'em how it's done'...I'll no longer share that with this brother-in-arms.
Anyway, salute - Mr. Orlando Staton. Gentle soul, loving husband to Donna, heart and soul of the Flemtones and good friend, gone much too soon.
That is very sad; my condolences. We will all eventually know someone who was taken away from us by this disease, sooner or later. Sorry it happened so soon for you, and so close to home. One never fully gets over the loss of a musical collaborator; I have sequentially lost my three primary ones over the past decade. And I'm nervous about one older bandleader, hoping he doesn't get sick. Some of my bandmates in various bands, have the common cold but are watching for other symptoms. I don't know anyone who isn't on edge about someone they care about.
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Many Condolences. You were family by choice, but no less brothers. It's never easy and probably should never be. I may be a callous soul but under that callus there is still flesh and blood. Take care.
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Very sorry to hear this, Flem. My deepest condolences for the loss of your friend and band mate.
I get what you're saying about the relationship between drummers and bass players. I've been playing with one guy for 19 years -- we know each other's moves so well he can't take a dump without me knowing it. You play with someone for literally decades, it becomes a relationship.
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Tim - sorry for your loss. I've had the honor to play with some great musicians where we had "that bond". And it is special for bassists and drummers. I recently played with Jack - the Stonefly drummer for 20 years (before we all disbanded). It was so easy - I missed that connection, so I might have an idea how you feel. I'll pray for his family and his musician community. My condolences....