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Brutus MaximusFeb 27, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
I've been communicating with the great harmonica player Mark Sallings on MySpace, trying to get him booked into a local club. I just logged on to MySpace and received the following message from his account: Mark was killed in a car accident last night on his way to a gig. I have not been able to confirm this news, but I don't know why anyone would lie about it. This is very sad news. Mark was an exceptional player. He had recently had shoulder surgery and was apparently just starting to gig again. I will post more information as I receive it.
Here is the link to his MySpace page.
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it's a sad fact. i caught a news blurb last night also.
mark lived about 2 hours north and east of us here in little rock. i got to see him in hot springs a few years ago. while i didn't actually get to meet him i could tell a little about him from his demeanor both on stage and off, and he seemed to be a really focused and dedicated guy who treated everyone as equals.
my sympathy goes out to his wife and family.
Contact information for Mark's family:
Sandi Sallings, 181 CR 734, Wynne, AR 72396
A few links from Harp-L referencing Mark's death:
Here's the photo that Harp-L member Tulsa Read posted of him with Mark and Pat Ramsey:
A couple more links about Mark and his band, the Famous Unknowns:
A message from Mark's wife Sandi:
Thank you for your support. I'm not doing well at all. My love, my life... my everything is gone. I don't know what to do or how I'm going to get through this life without Mark....The funeral is Tuesday at 11 am in McCrory AR., at the Methodist ChurchVisitation is Tuesday morning at 9am at the Methodist ChurchHe will be laid to rest in Brashears, AR (Combs) along the Pig Trail, next to his father. Mark's wish to be next to his daddy whom he loved so very very much.Monday there will be a memorial service on Beale at the Hard Rock Cafe. it starts at four pm Of course there will be musicians jamming in his honor and there is supposed to be a march on Beale St for him. This was my one request: that the music community get together in his honor and "Let It Be Known" how great Mark was.. he truly was a "Mighty Oak...."Thank you for posting the information. Mark loved his fans. Make sure everyone knows that. He loved you all and he loved life more than anyone I know. He had a child like wonder about things and he saw life through very different eyes. He possessed a common sense and intelligence that was difficult for many to comprehend. He was truly one of a kind... he was a gift to us all....
Mark was one of the nice guys. I met him at SPAH in Kansas City and was lucky enough to have an interesting conversation one night late in the hotel lobby. I still listen to the CD I bought that weekend. My sincere condolences to his family. Another good guy is gone.