Monday, May 5, 2014

R.I.P.: Larry Ramos

Hilario "Larry" Ramos, whose career took him from the New Christy Minstrels to the Association, died on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at the age of 72.

Ramos had a natural musical ability but started his career acting. While he was in his teens, he toured the country with The King and I starring Yul Brynner.

After graduating college, Larry began playing coffeehouses around the Los Angeles area. It was during one of the appearances that Randy Sparks saw him and brought him into the New Christy Minstrels where he started playing banjo and moved up to other instruments.

Ramos stayed with the group for four years before attempting a solo career that produced one single before he began filling in on occasion in the Association. He was asked to join the band in 1967 when founding member Gary Alexander left and was with them from the recording of their third album, Insight Out, until he left in the mid-1975. While he was not involved with the group's early hits, his voice and playing can be heard on such standards as Windy, Never My Love (above), Everything That Touches You and Time For Livin'. MORE HERE

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