Benefit for Dan (Tink) Waldron Songwriter / Drummer
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Since: Oct 10
#1 Aug 15, 2012
AT THE PIT STOP..........
900 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, OH. 43224
A tribute / Wake / benefit for Dan Waldron (Tink) and his son Julian will be held Sunday Aug 26 from 1PM-10PM
Proceeds to go to Julian for funeral expenses and who is leaving for Florida to yet again be a care giver this time for Dan's father.
Dan Waldron passed away on August 11, 2012, after
enduring the struggles that Cancer brings. Dan was
a very talented musician, both as a drummer and
Dan grew up in Columbus Ohio, with loving parents
Art and Donna who supported his musical endeavors.
In his teen years, his drumming talent landed him in very good bands.
In The Ebb-Tides, he toured the midwest, playing many
county fairs and events. His drum solos in those
performances were showstoppers. Eventually the Ebb-Tides
would evolve into the band "Tree," which enjoyed
notoriety in Columbus as original material became
their mainstay. "Tree" was a very fitting name for
a band Dan was a force in, because he enjoyed "going
to the woods" and commuting with nature often.
"Tree" evolved into a band they called "J.D. Blackfoot,"
and Dan collaborated with guitarist Jeff Whitlock in
creating "The Ultimate Prophecy," a series of songs
that landed them a Mercury Records contract, and
an album of the same name. Dan heard Craig Fuller
singing in a campus coffee shop, and recognizing Craig's talent,
recruited him into the band as well, adding another
dimension to the J. D. Blackfoot band.
'The Ultimate Prophecy," though became the band's
signature piece, both in the album and their live
performances. Dan's visions of reincarnation,
the cyclical nature of life and the universe were all
incorporated in the album. In that late 60's, early
70's era where rock concerts or festivals were popular,
they enjoyed considerable success from appreciative
audiences who listened intently to the music and
the words. Dan's vision was an inspiration to all who
were paying attention.
Aside from the power of the songs themselves, Dan's
drumming with his large double bass-drum kit was a
show in itself, and his drum solo (yes, back then they
were a popular staple in the big arena rock shows) was
on par with the best.
The band supported the Mercury album in the Summer
of 1970, but with no followup album in sight, and
the lead singer wanting to adopt the name for himself,
the band split up. Craig Fuller would go on to form
Pure Prairie League, proving Dan's ear for talent was
spot on. Dan and part of the band continued on as
"Osiris." With this new lineup, Dan's
vision continued with a song trilogy called "Godhead,"
which echoed the sentiments of "The Ultimate Prophecy"
with different imagery and equally compelling music.
Sadly, this was never recorded in the studio as the
band's lineup changed just as a backer came forth with
money to record it.
As the popularity of large one-off shows (often sponsored
and promoted heavily by WCOL radio) dropped off, Osiris
lost touch with the larger public, playing clubs which
diminished the scale of the production considerably.
Bars tend to like an audience that is dancing and drinking,
rather than absorbing a "concert" experience, which the
music Dan was writing demanded.
Since: Oct 10
#2 Aug 15, 2012
Osiris called it quits and Dan became more of a freelance
drummer in the years that would follow. He married his
wife Debra, and had a son Julian, living in the country with
them as he played his drums at night.
While fading somewhat from the local music scene, Dan continued
to create and play as a full time career. Locally, he played in
bands "Connecticut" and "Darkhorse" among others, and also toured
in the United States and Europe. Highlights of his career included
touring with Dave Appel, supporting his #1 hit in Europe,
living and playing in Hawaii and Los Angeles.)
He continued to write songs, expanding from the themes
of his earlier work, writing about (and using) primitive rhythms
in celebration of music's primal powers. Dan had a band called "The Primal Rhythm Section." The name reflects the
theme of much of Dan's later songwriting.
His last project, not yet completed when he died, was two songs.
One dealt with the nature of time: the past and present and how
they can intermingle, or be thought of as not necessarily distinct.
It is a stylish groove, with interesting spatial production and some
interesting ideas to ponder. "Time is irrelevant, it's all right here
in this moment" and "The future has already happened." are the
two most prominent ideas that Dan presents to us in the song.
Dan said that In some ways it is about the universality of the primal rhythm felt genetically and spiritually by all, crossing over such things as race etc. Essentially the common thread running through and uniting mankind.
The other of these final works is called "JoJo," and it is essentially
about the nature of how the "funk" evolves (or evolved) in
music. Among other things, it contrasts the nature of "classical"
music with "funk," using different narratives as verses.
It is hard to imagine that Dan had any enemies. He loved life,
music, people, and experiencing nature, whether talking to the
trees or just meditating in the woods. He had many memories
of past lives he had lived, with a particular interest in Egyptian
history and Native American culture.
Whatever complaints he might have had about life tended to roll off his back. If you called him up and asked him what he was doing, a typical,
laid back response from Dan would be, "Oh, just barkin' at the Moon."
Besides his immediate family, Dan leaves behind a wealth of
friends, musicians, and people with whom he shared his music.
It was an honor to play music with him, and to be his friend.
“Where did I put my tiara?”
Since: Dec 11
#3 Aug 15, 2012
I have it on good authority he was a good man and a talented musician. I have always admired people for their ability to play music and/or sing.
I'm a legend in my own mind after several beers :)
Love to those that got to enjoy his talent and will miss him.
For you bb
#4 Aug 16, 2012
Wish I could be there for Dan's benifit. Alot of people wondered where Dan got the name TINK. Well I was the guy who gave it to him. The way it came to be, he and I would go bowling over at Amos lanes on Saturday mornings, when he didn't have to be at channel 4 for dance party with his band. So anyway, we were bowling and Dan had this really weird funny way of getting the ball to the pins. He would kinda take a couple steps , skip then slide and release the ball. At first I thought ok that's weird, but every time he was up he did this funny approach to the lane. So after a couple frames, I said Danny you look like a fairy when you release the ball. I guess that and he had on these bell bottom jeans. it all just fit the image. so I told him I'm calling you "Tinkerbell". we both thought it was funny. when we saw the guys in the band I told them his name is Tinkerbell and told them why, the name stuck. so that's hoy Dan became known as TINK.
#5 Aug 16, 2012
Thanks for posting! I always wondered and was beginning to think I was crazy believing he used to be Tinkerbell!
#6 Jun 23, 2013
Love Light and Healing to You Tink. Some of the best memories of my life was when Us Girls (Carol, Rita,Toby and Becky) would get all "decked out" AND GO SEE THE BAND. We were 16 and in love with them all! Good Times!!!! We were always at their shows, and I would shake my blonde hair just like Tink and laugh and jam....it was Great!! Those were the days, my friend....Rock On My Friend!!!
#7 Feb 4, 2014
Sad to find out about Dan's passing. The Waldron home was my second home growing up. Has some amazing times there. I lost track of Dan and his folks after I re-joined the Navy in '72. Still have fond memories of those times.
#8 Feb 27, 2014
Just listened to my J.D. Blackfoot Lp. Just goggled..and came here. So sorry to here about Dan. Had always thought..This man on drums is a mad man. What talent. So sorry he is gone. GOD Bless Dan. bg.
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