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Dave Harmonson


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Seattle, Wa
Post Posted 11 Oct 2011 8:27 pm     Reply with quote

Very sorry to hear the news. Condolences to his family.
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Jim Ives


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Post Posted 11 Oct 2011 9:58 pm     Al's Passing Reply with quote

Al was the nicest guy I have ever known. I took C6 lessons and lap steel lessons from him a while back, drove with him to the NAMM show, and drove with Mike and Al to Arizona. Being around him was a delight, and taking lessons was an honour. I knew Al was on the way out when he told a few weeks ago he planned to make it to the next show in AZ. I knew he wouldn't, but was glad he was buoyed by that hope.

And he told some funny stories!

Jim
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Joel Martin


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Post Posted 11 Oct 2011 10:31 pm     Reply with quote

Mike, my condolences. I feel awful about this. He is one of my favorite guitarists and such a great guy. Wish Norma my best please. And thank you for the updates you gave. I'm so sorry.
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CrowBear Schmitt


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Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 12:42 am     Reply with quote

my sincere condolences to Al's family
i only got know about who Al was through this forum, so i must admit being unhip as to who Al really was
from reading certain posts, i realize that he musta been a wonderful person
it's always heartbreaking on us who remain to know of a dear one's passing - may Al's memory & soul live on
Rest in Peace Al,you're w: the Lord now
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Hook Moore


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South Charleston,West Virginia
Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 3:16 am     Reply with quote

Condolences to Al's family and friends.
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Bob Case


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Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 6:11 am     Reply with quote

I think that Rick said it best. Al was one of the nicest people that I've ever met and a truly great musician.
RIP AL
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Doug Childress


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Orange, Texas
Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 7:54 am     Reply with quote

I have had the distinct honor of mixing monitor sound for the players at the SWSGA Show in Phoenix for the past 3 years. I get to meet and talk with most of the featured artists as well as the stage band musicians. When Al played six string guitar on some of the Jazz sets he would be sitting very close to my location. We got to swap jokes, quips,and smiles. I found him to be a warm, kind, caring, individual and a musician's musician. I will miss being in his company this year. May he rest in the peace of the Father.
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Hank Mann


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Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 11:55 am     Al Viscovo R I P Reply with quote

All the best and much Aloha to Al's family and friends. To a smooth, awesome player who's skills were un matched. From jazzy Hawaiian to snappy country chops Al was a steel players - player. And a truly nice man.
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Jim Eaton


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Santa Susana, Ca
Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 1:45 pm     Reply with quote

I met Al when I was a 13yr old "gofer" in a music store in Northridge Ca. He showed me how to play some surf music and in fact at Perl-Jam this year, saddly the last time I saw Al, he and I joked about that day and how long ago it was. I'll miss him.
A great player, a great teacher, but over and above all that, a great person and I'm honored to have been able to call him my friend.
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Mike Flick


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Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 2:59 pm     Reply with quote

I got to play a number of gigs with Al over the past ten years or so. Whether it was in Canoga Park or Tokyo and no matter the axe (banjo, steel, six-string) he was always smilin' and sounding great. He was a total pro and very humble about his talent and achievements. I'll miss you Al and my condolences to your family. Mike F.
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Billy Easton


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Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 12 Oct 2011 8:13 pm     Reply with quote

The world has suffered another loss in the death of my pal, Al Vescovo. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and one of the nicest men I have ever met. Al and I spent some time together and he was a great friend. We will miss him. I talked to Norma Jean today and services are set for this Saturday, Oct. 25th at 2:30 pm in the Old North Church, Forrest Lawn Mortuary. Rest in Peace, my friend till we meet again.

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John McClung


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Olympia WA, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 12:45 am     Reply with quote

Our steel guitar family has lost another great one.

I echo all the other statements about Al, what a fine player and person he was, and I will miss him in many ways. He was always too hip for the room, and now he'll simply be too hip in a bigger, better room, jamming with a whole lot of other pretty hip cats, no doubt.

Below are photos of Al and Norma Jean taken the past couple of years.

RIP my friend.








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David Wright


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Pilot Point ,Tx USA.
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 1:24 am     Reply with quote

I'm at a loss for words, Knew Al for many years, Such a Great person & Player, I will miss him ,,,,,and his Sweet wife, Norma Jean...you and your family are in our Prayers....Az show won't be the same with out you Ol friend...
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Joe Naylor


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Avondale, Arizona, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 6:57 am     Reply with quote

Thanks John that is how I remember Al

Dave you are right

I am still having a problem getting over Al (and Red too) all at once

Al's smile was always there and it alway warmed my heart.

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Jerry Lee Newberry


From:
Prim, AR USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 7:12 am     Reply with quote

Sorry too hear of Al's passing. Praying for Family and Friends.

Donna
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Rick Schmidt


From:
Prescott AZ, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 10:21 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for that pic John!!! I will always treasure that one! I was so glad to be on stage with Al at that AZ show!
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chas smith


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Encino, CA, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 10:31 am     Reply with quote

A very, very sad day.
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DeWitt Scott


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St. Louis, Missouri, USA * R.I.P.
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 12:17 pm     Al Reply with quote

I was shocked to get the email from Mike Perlowin that Al had passed away. I did know he was in bad health as he had to cancel comeing to the International Steel Guitar Convention this year. I found out that Al was a great guitar player as when I was playing the tune Golden Earrings in Phonnix one year I had planned to go trhough the song one time and get out of it but at the end the guitar player wouldn't have it! He had to take a part in it and boy, did he ever take a part! It was great. That guitar player was Al Vescovo! I admired his steel guitar playing ever since I first met him many years ago when he in St. Louis with a band. He came by the store and played for me and I was totally blown away with his style. Very different from any of the other great players. He will be sadly missed. Scotty
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Dee Polish


From:
Concord, NC
Post Posted 13 Oct 2011 7:47 pm     Reply with quote

So shocked to hear this. We will miss this great musician. Paul always enjoyed playing behind him and talked of his talent so much.

So sorry and prayers to the family.

Paul and Dee Polish
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Herb Steiner


From:
Spicewood TX 78669
Post Posted 14 Oct 2011 7:55 am     Reply with quote

I concur with everything that has been previously said about Al. He was a great man, a great musician, and worthy of the highest regard and respect. I hold dear the moments we spent making music together, and I have them on video.

b0b said the truth; with the loss of Red and now Al, this has been a week of true tragedy.

My condolences go out to Norma Jean, and also to all of Al's admirers and friends here on the Forum and elsewhere.

Mike P., please excuse my not returning your phone call the other day. I'm in a non-communicative period apparently, and I hate telephones at the moment.
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Mike Perlowin


From:
Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2011 8:15 am     Re: Al Reply with quote

DeWitt Scott wrote:
I was shocked to get the email that Al had passed away. I did know he was in bad health as he had to cancel coming to the International Steel Guitar Convention this year.


One of the many sad aspects of this is that Al did not get to play in St Louis, and those of you who do not live out west never got to hear him. Had he performed at the ISGC, everybody nationwide would have said the same things about him that we who were privileged to hear him are saying. He really was one of the all time greats, easily on a par with Buddy, Reece, Chalker, Doug Jernigan and the rest of our idols.

Incidentally, his web site (steelandguitar.com) lists only 5 CDs, but he made a 6th, an entire album of dixieland, in which he overdubbed all the horn parts on his steel, as well as playing the guitar and 4 string banjo. He had intended to put this last CD on the site when he became ill.

As matter of personal taste, I like this one the most.

Herb, don't worry about not returning my call. you'll get back to me when you're ready.
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Ben Elder


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La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2011 8:46 am     Reply with quote

I too have admired Al's extraordinary musicianship over the last few years of Perl Jams, too.

(One gentle correction to an earlier post: the services this Saturday (tomorrow) are October 15th rather than the 25th.)
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Bryan Daste


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Portland, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2011 10:19 am     Reply with quote

Well, that sucks. I only got to know Al through the forum and by reading his website, but he seemed like a super nice guy, and was obviously a fantastic player. RIP.
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Mike Perlowin


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Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2011 11:52 am     Reply with quote

The thought just occurred to me that all the Phoenix shows were videotaped. Perhaps we can make a DVD, or live CD for Al's fans and those who have heard about him, but have never seen or heard him play.
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Post Posted 14 Oct 2011 12:19 pm     Reply with quote

Al's CDs are among my favorite listening music. I have a playlist of all 5 that I set on "shuffle" when I go for a long drive. Mrs. Lee loves them too - she has bought several of them to send to her online friends. They are some of the most popular CDs in the Forum catalog.
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