March 19, 2007

Sad News: Bill Chinook Commits Suicide

One of the founding members of the E Street Band committed suicide after years of struggling with Lyme disease.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Too sad that there's not a single comment here. Dimestore Hero is one of my all time favorite tunes. He did a live version in Bangor, Maine that WKIT plays occasionaly. It's awesome!

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Now there IS a comment here and I thank you very much for leaving it.

My dad was from Bangor! You don't hear much about that state.

Anonymous said...

Bill Chinook is one of my all time favorite artists. I play "Dime Store Heroes" (the album) all the time. Better than "The Boss"!

Anonymous said...

Bill Chinnook was the best in the Greater Bangor area in the late 70's early 80's he rocked us all, Springsteen would be nothing if not for Chinnook! RIP

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon, Thank you so much for the comment. I appreciate your thoughts on this.

Anonymous said...

I use to go to the Red Barn in Monroe, Maine to listen to Bill....he was an excellent performer and person!

Nathan said...

Just popped in Dimestore Heroes - it never gets old. I can remember when it came out, I was a freshman at U Maine. Saw Bill many times at "the pit" (old gymnasium)at the University of Maine. He was the best of the North Country and is missed very much! Badlands is awesome, too. I need to get a CD copy.... R.I.P. Bill - we're still listening!

Anonymous said...

Just popped in Dimestore Heroes - it never gets old. I can remember when it came out, I was a freshman at U Maine. Saw Bill many times at "the pit" (old gymnasium)at the University of Maine. He was the best of the North Country and is missed very much! Badlands is awesome, too. I need to get a CD copy.... R.I.P. Bill - we're still listening!

Anonymous said...

He was the Lion in the Park.

I got Badlands when it first came out. It was released twice, the first was raw, the second slick and overproduced. Be true to Bill, find the original lp, I've still got it, converted it to mp3, love the analog sound, find the lp, no cds please.

roberta pearson said...

Went to the Red Barn in Monroe when I was 15 , now 54. Bill Chinook is STILL one of the best musicians I have ever seen. RIP Bill. Robbin Jones

roberta pearson said...

I WAS 15 WHEN I WENT TO THE RED BARN IN MONROE, MAINE. I AM NOW 54 AND BILL CHINOOK IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST MUSICIANS I EVER HEARD. RIP BILL. ROBBIN JONES

Paul Jackson said...

I played bass guitar in a band called Tasa Murka in the 70s that opened up for Bill Chinook at the University of Maine, Presque Isle. We had the priviledge of traveling with him and his band on his bus to the show. It was a great experience talking to him and the band on the way there and back. I was shocked and sad to hear of his death years later. Great musician!

Bar said...

Paul, thank you for sharing your experience of knowing Bill Chinook. Its always sad when we lose someone, especially tragically. Do you still play bass?

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