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Thread: R. I. P. Jim Pembroke

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    R. I. P. Jim Pembroke

    Died at home, aged 75, after being ill for some time. "Keep the good times rolling," was his final message to his friends, according to his daughter.

    The voice of Wigwam, a great singer-songwriter and of course the author of the ESC entries "Reggae OK" and "Nuku pommiin".
    Last edited by Kai; 10-09-2021 at 01:35 PM.

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    Oh, my. Really sorry to hear about this, although I had heard that he was unwell.

    In the middle 90s, when there was not a lot of shows to my taste going on, Rick Chafen (rest in peace) brought him and guitarist Pekka Recchardt to the USA and my friend Gary Ficke (rest in peace) brought them to Baltimore, where I and a good friend, who was a total Wigwam nut, saw them perform.

    It was a great show, with many Wigwam classics delivered in intimate, stripped down fashion in excellent form. And Pekka was an amazing guitarist and accompanist.
    Steve F.

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    Sad to read this. He will be missed.
    15 Cuban minutes
    Can get lost in the fog
    Life's a test, just do your best
    Like a three-legged dog

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    Wigwam - Jim Pembroke RIP

    Sadly, another fine musician gone...

    "Angels die, redemption rages
    The age of man on an empty page
    And chances are
    This will save your soul or break it forever "

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    He was important for the development of rock music in Finland. Fine vocalist as well. RIP.
    Macht das ohr auf!


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    Hired on to work for Mr. Bill Cox, a-fixin' lawn mowers and what-not, since 1964.

    "Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. It'll just knock over all the pieces, shit on the board, and strut about like it's won anyway." Anonymous

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    My address is Pembroke Court

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    Sad news. Rest in peace Jim.

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    Really sad news. Rest in peace.

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    Grass for blade is one of my alltime favorite Songs. Big loss

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    Great singer in a fantastic band.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    Boy sad news. How did I mis this thread for so long. I think I've almost all Wigwam albums and one solo Jim Pembroke.

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    He really was a phenomenal singer-songwriter. I was listening to a little of his post-Wigwam solo work and I couldn’t help but be struck by how comparable it is—in both style and quality—to some of Elvis Costello’s contemporaneous stuff. High praise indeed.

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