DECEMBER 7, 2021
It is with a heavy heart we report the passing of Lee Vernon Norman 1940-2021
He was the lead guitar player in the Backbeats, a Christian, a husband, a father, a brother and a life-long friend. Lee… Have you got a quarter? (the cost of a soft drink in 1965)
BACKBEATS Paul St. Pieere 1947-2015 | Larry Davis 1947-2017 | Lee Norman 1940-2021
KRYPT KICKERS Jimmy Smith 1948-1996 | Tim Yaquinto 1949-2019
The Kript Kickers 1966
From Left to Right: Allan Mason – Drummer | George Christensen – Keyboard | Jimmy Smith – Lead Guitar | Bob Orsell – Bass | Tim Yaquinto – Rhythm Guitar. Thanks to Lead Guitar player, Jimmy Smith for spending an insane amount of hours in the editing studio. This audio was recorded using a 2 track 1/4″ reel to reel tape player.
No EQ or effects, two microphones placed in the rear of the room, facing the stage. It’s rough to hear, that’s why it’s better to listen.
Farewell my friend.
It was the last REACH Radio Show, and we had lost our friend, pal and bass player of more than 50 years. Host, Allan Mason decided to leave the show with a farewell tribute to his friend. Both Paul and Larry have passed, 2015 and 2017 respectively.
From front to back: Allan Mason – Drummer | Larry Davis – Rhythm Guitar | Lee Norman – Lead Guitar | Bob Orsell – Bass Guitar. This audio was recorded in Lee’s music store during a practice session in 1982.
NOT THAT ANYONE IS KEEPING TRACK, BUT HERE’S THE MEMBERS OF THE BANDS
|BackBeats||Lee Norman||Lead Guitar -Vocal||1940-2021||1962-1970|
|BackBeats||Larry Davis||Rhythm Guitar - Vocal||1947-2017||1962-1970|
|BackBeats||Bob Orsell||Bass Guitar - Vocal||1946-||1962-1964|
|BackBeats||Paul St. Pierre||Bass Player - Vocal||1947-2015||1964-1970|
|BackBeats||Allan Mason||Drummer - Vocal||1947-||1963-1966|
|Krypt Kickers||Jimmy Smith||Lead Guitar - Vocal||1950-1996||1964-1970|
|Krypt Kickers||Tom Yaquinto||Rhythm Guitar - Vocal||1949-2019||1964-1970|
|Krypt Kickers||Bob Orsell||Bass Guitar - Vocal||1946-||1964-1970|
|Krypt Kickers||George Christensen||Keyboards - Vocal||1947-||1964-1970|
|Krypt Kickers||Dave Bonivtch||Drummer||1948-||1965-1966|
|Krypt Kickers||Allan Mason||Drummer - Vocal||1947-||1966-1970|
Tim Yaquinto Production
Tim wanted to preserve this video from an old VHS tape. He was selling a lot of records and tapes back then. Tim left us in February of 2019.