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RIP, Walter Scott: guitarist with The Mel-O-Denes dies

- August 14th, 2011

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London’s pioneering rock and rollers The Mel-O-Denes rawk this place c. 1956. The late bassist Harold Evanson, left, the late sax master Jack Brewer,  drummer Bob Liley, guitarist Larry Foxworthy and the late Walter Scott, also on guitar, are seen in this classic image c. 1956. (Courtesy of Bob Liley).

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The two sides of The Mel-O-Denes’ 45 RPM smash on the old Sparton label . . . Madeline, the B side, is an original. (Courtesy of Marc Coulavin).

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the late Walter Scott, a member of pioneering London rock and roll group The Mel-O-Denes.

Walter’s death at Parry Sound on Saturday is being reported by family and friends. JBNBlog heard from Walter’s former bandmate and long-time friend Bob Liley of Vancouver. Bob was The Mel-O-Denes’ drummer.

Here’s some of what Bob had to say in sharing the news:

“I will miss corresponding with him. And I’m sorry we never got to see each other again. Larry Foxworthy and I are the only two left from the original Mel-O-Denes and I’m not letting him go anywhere.”

The Mel-O-Denes, including the late Walter Scott, the late Jack Brewer and the late Harold Evanson, were the true pioneers of rock and roll in London in the mid-1950s.

The band made at least one recording for the old Sparton label, a 45 with a Jodimars’ cover on one side & an original on the other.

Among the performers sharing connections with them are Garth Hudson, Capers, Paul London, Ronnie Fray & many others.

We should respect & revere those who led the way in London culture . . . Walter Scott, RIP>

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4 comments

  1. Will says:

    Great little tribute to an awesome group of guys. Thanks for also posting the pictures. Harold Evanson (vocals, bass) is my Dad (1939-2009).

  2. Andrea says:

    Wow, my brother just sent me this. It’s so cool to see the pictures. Thank you for the lovely tribute to my dad Harold. And my thoughts and prayers also go out to the family and friends of the late Walter Scott.

  3. Linda says:

    I loved being a teen in the 50′s, life was much simpler back then. The Mel-O-Denes opened for Bill Haley & the Comets & Paul Anka at the London Arena in 1957 and for the Everly Brother’s at the Lucan Arena around the same year. The band members were a great bunch of guys!!!!

  4. james.reaney says:

    Thanks, Linda . . . what a series of concerts. One of my regrets will always be not pushing myself to me with Bob Liley & other former Mel-O-Denes a few years back. They were the first, or just about the first in the Forest City, to light out for that rock & roll territory . . . & what musicians by the way. V. distinguished careers after the M-O-Ds in separate pursuits.

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