Sunday, April 17, 2011


Kent Morrill & Buck Ormsby
Kent Morrill, singer with the Fabulous Wailers passed away yesterday morning after a battle with cancer.

The group's website's most recent update was to announce a benefit to help offset Morrill's medical bills. Oregon Music News has more.
The Fabulous Wailers, a high school garage band from Tacoma, exploded onto the music scene in 1959 with their hit "Tall Cool One" and still perform around the Northwest today. According to the band's website, Morrill was the only member to have been with the group for the duration. Check out this KOMO News story commemorating the band's 50th year.

Kent and partner Buck Ormsby formed Etiquette Records in the early 60′s and released the version of ‘Louie Louie’ that inspired both the Kingsmen and Paul Revere and The Raiders to give it a try, which led to a hit for The Kingsmen and a major career in records and television for The Raiders. Kent Morrill, in more recent years was also the leading Roy Orbison impersonator in shows from Vegas to Moscow and points in between.

But more important to Kent Morrill was a personal Ministry. He’d found another stage on porches everywhere, encouraging his peers and others to become Bible students too. “What Does The Bible Really Teach” was his leading question, followed by what he’d learned over the years as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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