The late Gerry (also Jerry) Penfound, left, and Bob Rawling, c. 1957, courtesy of theband.hiof.no
A relative of the late Bob Rawling, a fine London jazz drummer, was in touch today (Feb. 12, 2013) to let me know Bob had died last summer (on July 4, 2012). Rawling was 78. He had been a good source about #ldnont back in the day & we had talked about sax & flute player Gerry (or Jerry — it’s both ways) Penfound . . . Bob had also been one of the Londoners who remember The Free Press doing a story about American jazz/pop pianist Eddie Heywood composing Canadian Sunset while gigging at Campbells in downtown London c. 1956 or so. Never been able to find the story . . . The relative, a cousin, said The Free Press had many stories on Bob. One of them was a classic item about him being the youngest Spike Jones fan around, complete with a photo of Bob & his drums set up to emulate the master mischief maker.
There does look to be some Spike Jones mad joy in the photograph here of Penfound and Rawling in the late 1950s. More details would be welcome.
For now, farewell Bob Rawling . . . sorry it has taken so long to honour your departure. Keep swinging up there. More later, we hope.
Here is a slightly edited version of the online obituary:
RAWLING, Robert George – On July 4, 2012, Mr. Robert (Bob) Rawling in his 79th year. Beloved son of the late Muriel (1998) and Jack (1970) Rawling of London. Dear nephew of Jean White. Dear cousin of Gary (Jean) Fordyce, Phil Fordyce, Rick (Terri) Fordyce, Marnie (Wayne) Beckman, Jeff (Julie) Bradford, Bill (Patti) Bradford, Jim (Sheila) White, Barry (Kathy) White, Susan (Gerry) Wardle and Sharon (Chuck) Midgette. Predeceased by his cousin Greg Fordyce. Bob was a respected Jazz Drummer, playing at local venues and touring across the country during the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. He had the pleasure of meeting many well known artists during his career, including Garth Hudson, Ronnie Hawkins and even played with Johnny Noubarian. . . Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and condolences are welcome at www.needhamfuneralhome.com