Skip Spence Bio, Age, , Oar, Land of the Sun, Songs, kids and Death

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Skip Spence Biography

Alexander Lee Skip Spence, popularly known as Skip Spence or Skippy, was a Canadian-born American musician and singer-songwriter. He was the co-founder of Moby Grape and played guitar with them until 1969. He released one solo album, Oar in 1969’s.

Skip Spence

Skip Spence Age

He was born on 18 April 1946 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Skip Spence Death

Skip died of lung cancer on 16 April 1999 in Santa Cruiz, California when he was 52 years old. This happened two days before his 53rd birthday.

Skip Spence kids

Spence was survived by four children.

Skip Spence Nationality

He  is of Canadian and American nationality.

Skip Spence Oar

The song is the only solo album by Moby Grape co-founder Skip Spence. In 1968, Oar was recorded over seven days in Nashville, on which Spence plays all of the instruments.

Skip Spence Land of the Sun

This is one of the last recordings, if not the last known recording by Alexander Spence, a founding member of Moby Grape. His promising career was largely ended as of the mid-1970s, due to schizophrenia, compounded with drug addiction and alcoholism.

Skip Spence Songs

  1. Little Hands
  2. War in Peace
  3. Weighted Down
  4. Books of Moses
  5. All  Come to Meet Her
  6. Grey/ Afro
  7. Lawrence of Euphoria
  8. Cripple Creek
  9. Diana
  10. Broken Heart
  11. Furry Heroine

Skip Spence Legacy

Skippy has been described on the All music website as one of psychedelia’s brightest lights. He wrote Omaha for Moby Grape’s first album which, in 2008, the Rolling Stone Magazine listed as one of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time. A Skip Spence tribute concert was held in Santa Cruz in June 2008. That concert featured Spence’s son Omar, who in recent years has sung with various configurations of Moby Grape.

Omar Spence was backed by the Santa Cruz White Album Ensemble while singing his father’s songs, with Dale Ockerman and Tiran Porter, both formerly of the Doobie Brothers, and both of whom have played with various members of Moby Grape in several bands over the past three decades.

An original Moby Grape member, Don Stevenson also performed while Keith Graves of Quicksilver Messenger Service played drums. Peter Lewis joined the group onstage for the finale. In October 2008, an additional Skip Spence tribute concert was held. William Gibson paid tribute to Spence in his collection of essays, Distrust That Particular Flavor, in which he marveled at his tailor adjusted jeans.