Rod Stewart, Elton John, Paul Myers and Long John Baldry's life partner Felix "Oz" Rexach pay tribute to Baldry (pictured above), who died in Vancouver in 2005
Bugs' original version of this column ran in Hour magazine on November 8, 2007.
Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart
glammed up (Photo from It Ain't Easy
by Greystone Books)
British blues legend Long John Baldry passed away in Vancouver on July 21, 2005, and since I had never interviewed him, I did the next best thing: I interviewed the very gracious Felix "Oz" Rexach, Baldry’s life partner, days later.
"John was not well accepted as a gay man by the blues community – it’s a very macho industry," Oz told me. "But he was more than well-accepted as a performer in his field."
So when I blabbed on the phone some years ago with Paul Myers, Berkeley-based brother of comic actor Mike Myers and author of the bestselling bio It Ain’t Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues, Paul told me, "Yeah, I used your column in my book. I’m so pleased we’re doing this interview."