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The Passing of Rabbit MacKay

Back in 1968 when my family moved back to Ventura County after nine years in the Santa Ynez Valley, a new friend of mine at Moorpark College (also a folkie like myself) took me to a concert in the gym. The featured act was Rabbit MacKay, and I really liked his music. It was as unique as he appeared to be (remember when being unique was what everyone strived for?) and his voice was as confounding as his stage presence.

Through the years I saw him a number of other times at various small gigs and I even learned that my mentor, Maestro Frank Salazar of the Ventura County Symphony, considered him a friend and had bailed him out of jail on more than one occasion. Frank told me that Rabbit and his friends often came up to his house on the Ventura riviera to play music while candles dripped in wine bottles and incense filled the air.

Rabbit Mackay was a singer and musician who, with his Somis Rhythm Band, made an LP for MCA (Uni) Records, Bug Cloth,in 1968. Information on him is scarce, but…

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