Caesar Sant is a four-year-old child prodigy with a gift for playing the violin.
- Posted on Nov 4th 2011 5:15PM by Jason MacNeil
Courtesy of DavidRea.com
According to a report by CTV, Rea died on Oct. 17, one day following his 65th birthday. Though news of his passing was just announced Friday, Nov. 4.
Although born in Akron, Ohio, Rea made inroads in the Canadian folk scene in the early '60s. His first claim to fame was having performed on Gordon Lightfoot's debut album, 'Lightfoot.' However, according to a bio on his site, the collaboration didn't last long as Lightfoot couldn't afford to have Rea on the road as a touring sideman.
One Canadian folk duo who could cover the fee was Ian and Sylvia, a group Rea originally met in 1962 at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Rea appeared on the couple's most memorable albums such as 'So Much for Dreaming,' 'Nashville' and 'Full Circle' while also penning songs such as 'The Minstrel,' 'Ninety Degrees by Ninety Degrees' and 'Pilgrimage to Paradise.'
Rea would also appear with a myriad of artists over this period, ranging from Judy Collins and Richie Havens to legendary Delta blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Son House. His later solo work would also see members of the Grateful Dead, Ry Cooder and Pete Seeger making guest appearances on his albums.
The musician released his first solo album, 'Maverick Child,' in 1969 followed with 'By the Grace of God' in 1971, discs cited for their mix of blues, folk, folk-rock and country. Perhaps Rea's biggest achievement during this period was co-writing Mountain's classic rock signature 'Mississippi Queen,' a song covered by dozens of artists over the years.
After taking some time to raise his three children and releasing albums sporadically through the '80s and '90s, Rea released his last solo album, 'X7' in 2000. The album is notable for the cover art which was created by Joni Mitchell, a longtime friend of Rea's. He was also reportedly the subject of Mitchell's song 'Play Little David.'
A message on Rea's site is asking fans and friends to share any stories, pictures or memories by e-mailing the webmaster. There is speculation that a tribute concert might be planned but nothing has been confirmed.