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Larry Hosford pictured here in lived a musical odyssey from folk to rock to country.
Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel file. Whatever form it would take, it is a story epic in its own right, full of momentous ironies, notes of grace and wonder and great dollops of love, for people, places and music.
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He was born in Salinas, as family lore has it, in the long-gone Park Lane Hospital, waking to the world in a lettuce crate refashioned as a makeshift bassinet. In between, he lived a life of ferocious passions and loyalties.
In a region of transplants and invasive species, he was a mighty oak. Heidi Nunlist Sullivan grew up in Salinas and she remembers first encountering Mr. Hosford back in the s when she was just 11 and Mr. Hosford was in his early 20s.
Does anybody know how great this is? Hosford never became the star that his local fans believe he deserved to be.
But he certainly had his shot. He emerged from the earnest folk tradition of the Kingston Trio into the psychedelia-infused sound of rock, eventually hooking on as the bass player for the legendary Santa Cruz band Snail.
As Snail guitarist Ken Kraft tells it, one of Mr. Hosford had landed a record deal. But to know Mr. Hosford only a musician is to know only a little about the man. But it gave little indication of Mr. Though he was not well-schooled, Mr. Hosford was a voracious reader and lover of books.
John Steinbeck, the most famous son of Salinas, was another area of fierce devotion. In the s, Mr. I would love to see Salinas name a library after him.
Talking to Mr. Hosford used to crack about Bryant — told the story of introducing Mr. Hosford to his brother-in-law who had devoted his career to trees. Those weekly shows, which between the two venues went on for a dozen years, had an anything-goes quality to them.
Central to the novel at the heart of Mr. Those close to him said he nursed a painful longing for Charlotte for many years until the two finally came together as a couple in late middle age. He died a few months later after a years-long battle with emphysema. Show Caption.
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