Sunday (Not So) Funny: A Tribute to Slam Buckra

Goodbye to one of the north state’s most slammin’, groovin’ entertainers. Read reporter Jim Dyar’s account of Slam Buckra’s life and passing.

phil_laughingPhil Fountain is a cartoonist, writer and occasional bed-wetter based in the far reaches of Northern Californey.

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Linda Gutierrez says:

    Nice tribute Phil.

  2. Avatar Joanne Lobeski-Snyde says:

    Wonderful tribute to an amazing man. Thank you Phil.

  3. Avatar Woodnt Mattr says:

    went to school with Rick up in WA state. He was adorable and funky

  4. Avatar Alan Phillips says:

    Hi Phil,

    For some unknown reason my timelier reply to your cool tribute got yanked! I didn't know if you received it, or rendered me the trashee; anyway, here goes again my friend just in case:

    As [arguably] the first Groove Palooka for the "King of the Northstate!," I feel compelled to break out of my funked-up funk for a few minutes to thank you, Phil, from the very bottom of my old, blued, baboon-tattooed heart.

    What a great tribute to the man's many talents – and, for his fans. (Not forgetting the masterfully worded tribute by Jim Dyar – and that cool DATE feature by Jon Lewis & Eddie Maravilla, I remember from way back in 1997!)

    Were "Slam Buckra" to see your true artistic tribute: I could hear his signature tenor-to-falsetto-baratone laugh in knowing admiration as he lovingly and genuinely inspected every aspect, enjoying all the accuracies and messages. And then he would snap tall and say to you in that familiar baritone growl, "Hey daddy-o. How'bout you-n-me head over to that Squire Room and trade chops?"

    With my deepest admiration and respect for Patrick Wiseman, Thom Berry, and all the other, greater Groove Palookas, I want to express my sincerest condolences to them – and to "Slam's" dear ones.

    Thanks for the therapy.

    Phil? Jim? [Jon & Eddie?] What do I owe ya?

    Well done, my friends…

    …now, here I sadly-n-happily goes,

    back down to old photos-n-videos…


  5. Avatar Lindsey Palmer says:

    I knew Rick back in San Diego… One of the greatest men I have ever known- I spoke with him last in December on my birthday…. he called every year…. We laughed… hoped…. and dreamed in that conversation… I am deeply saddened at his passing- Thank youfor such a wonderful article… it was magic