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posted on 1/10/2007 at 02:48 PM
Craig Goodwin is an old bandmate of mine from Wilmington, Ohio. We were in a band in the mid-70's call "Blue Sky"....wonder where we got that from? Met Rick a time or two at a PDD show.....a nice guy. Sort of a corny band but nevertheless, very talented. Tho't it appropriate to post...one drummer to another....the pix didn't paste...
1/9/2007 11:28:00 PM Email this article • Print this article
Above, Rick Frye is shown second from right. Members of Phil Dirt & the Dozers are Steve Cabot; Tony Alfano; Wilmington native Craig Goodwin; Frye’s nephew, Hadden Sayers; and Frye’s brother, Mark Frye.
Drummer dies after performance
The musical career of Rick Frye, drummer for Phil Dirt & The Dozers, ended much too soon Friday night with his death from an apparent heart attack, according to Steve Cober, agent for the band.
Cober said Frye gave his final performance Friday night in Williamsburg, Va., and 10 minutes after his last drum beat, he was gone. "He was on his way to the bus when he died. Just 10 minutes after the concert ended," Cober said.
Frye was 53.
Phil Dirt & The Dozers was scheduled to present a concert Saturday night at the Murphy Theatre. "The show has been postponed at the request of the band," said Howard Witherby, president of the Murphy board of directors. "The concert will be rescheduled when it is convenient for the band. We apologize for the inconvenience to those who bought tickets," he said.
Anyone who purchased tickets in advance can use them when the show is rescheduled. The date will be announced.
"Everyone at the Murphy Theatre certainly is sorry for their loss, for his family and the band," Witherby said.
Phil Dirt & The Dozers have performed for a number of years at the Clinton County Banana Split Festival. Debbie Stamper, a member of the entertainment committee, said Frye will be missed by the group's followers.
"It's very sad what has occurred," said Stamper, who also is director of the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"He's going to be missed by the many people who follow Phil Dirt & The Dozers," Stamper said. "As entertainers, I'm sure they'll do what they do best - continue to give an excellent performance for their followers."
Frye has been a member of the Columbus-based band since 1983.
Phil Dirt & The Dozers present a nostalgic show, performing three decades of great music, from the '50s, '60s and '70s. The show has a light-hearted approach.
Other members of the band are vocalist Steve Cabot, who founded the band in 1981; Tony Alfano; Craig Goodwin; Hadden Sayers, Frye's nephew, who is guitarist; and his brother, Mark Frye, who plays keyboard.
Funeral service for Frye will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Grove City United Methodist Church.
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