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Felix Pappalardi

Felix Pappalardi
Felix Pappalardi
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Felix A. Pappalardi Jr. (December 30, 1939 April 17, 1983) was an American music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bass guitarist.

As a producer, Pappalardi is perhaps best-known for his work with British psychedelic blues-rock power trio Cream, beginning with their second album, Disraeli Gears. As a musician, Pappalardi is widely recognized as a bassist, vocalist, and founding member of the American hard rock band/ heavy metal forerunner Mountain, a band born out of his working with future bandmate Leslie West's soul-inspired rock and roll band The Vagrants, and producing West's 1969 Mountain solo album. The band's signature song, "Mississippi Queen" is a rock classic and is still heard regularly on classic rock radio stations.

In 1964 Pappalardi was playing in the Max Morath ragtime quartet with several other famous musicians. Along with Felix on guitarrЈn (Mexican acoustic bass) were Morath, the man who revived classic ragtime played in the Scott Joplin manner, Bruce Langhorn, a famous NYC studio folk and jazz guitarist and Jim Tyler, a famous baroque and renaissance lutenist playing four string banjo.

Pappalardi studied classical music at the University of Michigan. Upon completing his studies and returning to New York, he was unable to find work and so became part of the Greenwich Village folk-music scene where he made a name for himself as a skilled arranger; he also appeared on Tom Paxton as well as Vince Martin and Fred Neil albums for Elektra Records. From there he moved into record production, initially concentrating on folk and folk-rock acts for artists such as The Youngbloods and Joan Baez. However, it was Pappalardi's late-1960s work with Cream that established his reputation. He contributed instrumentation for his imaginative studio arrangements and he and his wife, Gail, wrote the Cream hit "Strange Brew" with Eric Clapton.

Pappalardi was forced to retire because of partial deafness, ostensibly from his high-volume shows with Mountain. He continued producing throughout the 1970s and released a solo album and recorded with Japanese hard rock outfit Blues Creation.

Pappalardi was shot and killed by his wife, Gail Collins Pappalardi, on April 17, 1983 in their East Side Manhattan apartment. Gail was subsequently charged with second-degree murder. She claimed it was an accident, and was found guilty of the lesser criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in prison and was released on parole in April, 1985. He is interred next to his mother at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York.

He was known for playing a Gibson EB-1 violin bass through a set of Sunn amplifiers that, he claimed, once belonged to Jimi Hendrix. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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