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May 5, 2011 at 2:12pm

PHOTOS: Kent Morrill tribute concert

Fabulous Wailers bassist Buck Ormsby directed traffic on stage during the Kent Morrill tribute concert. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger

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The City of Tacoma should erect a monument for Kent Morrill. I would like to remember the famous Tacoman every time I shop in the Stadium District or drive down Sixth Avenue. My guess is the capacity crowd inside Tacoma's Temple Theatre last night would agree. The free tribute concert drew tears and cheers for the Fabulous Wailer frontman who died  April 15 after a long battle with colon cancer. Former concert promoter and KJR disc jockey Pat O'Day and local concert promoter Mike Mitchell elicited roars of laughter with Morrill stories. And every Northwest music legend that performed before the dancing masses attributed their success or inspiration to Fabulous Wailer No. 1. The underlying message of the evening was there wouldn't have been a Northwest garage music scene without Kent Morrill.

Musical luminaries from around the Northwest - Steve Peterson, Neil Andersson, Gail Harris, Jerry Miller, Jim Manolides, Freddie Dennis, Jumpin' Jim Wallace, Barry Curtis, Merrilee Rush, Jeff Kathan, George Barner, Gerry Roslie and on and on - joined Buck Ormsby and ALL the members of the Fabulous Wailers on the Temple Theatre stage before packed dance floor. Many of those dancing were the same faces who use to dance in front of the same musicians during the famous rock ‘n' dance parties O'Day and others threw in the late '50s and early '60s.

True to the man it honored, it was a night to remember.

LINK: More photos of the night in our Photo Hot Spot

Photography by Steve Dunkelberger

Filed under: Concert Review, Music, Tacoma,

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Sharon Skogen Helber said on May. 06, 2011 at 7:41am

So glad to see all the pictures of everyone attending Kent Morrill's Tribute Concert, I am in Ohio, but i appreciate my friend from HS, Dempster Boyd. Keeping me informed. on FB.. My sister Sandy was best friends with Marsha Greek, Johnny Greek's sister, they made up the dance the tough bounce and showed it on TV in Seattle. I danced at the Temple Theater in the 60's, remember the Wailers, Gail Harris and other groups that Performed at the Temple, it was a big part of many of our lives, and many teens in America didn't have a place to go like we did. Thank you, Valcano for all the photos and good coverage of this event, it was a wonderful night in tribute to Kent Morrill, and wonderful for every one to come together to celebrate Kent's life and love of music and great bands of the late 50's and 60's, and to see they are still going strong today. Best to you all,, Sharon.

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