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Another local rock star passes away

That was one of the few covers on The Seven's 1970 LP, "The song is SONG- the album is ALBUM" on Thunderbird Records. Others included the Holland-Dozier-Holland composition "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" and Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," which spotlighted Mellone's keyboard. Originals on the record included "Girl, Girl," "Take It (the Way You Want It)" and "Searchin' for Sunshine."

B3 Brahmin

Syracuse Hammond B3 player Michael Davis remembers Mellone as a magician with the organ.

"He was the one who told me the secret of how to take my mellow-sounding stock B-3 and unleash the screaming, soulful sound that was locked in the instrument." Davis said. "It was a simple modification done with just a screwdriver adjusting a trim capacitor on the organ's pre-amp. Chuck Mellone knew all the tricks. His B-3 and Leslie cabinets sounded better than anybody else's."

As an audio engineer, Mellone helped WCNY-FM make its debut on Dec. 4, 1971. A few years later, Mellone moved to Los Angeles to become a studio engineer for A&M Records. In California, he worked with artists such as Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell and New Riders and the Purple Sage.

"Chuck was a master sound technician and a master musician," Davis said.

Z-Bones make L'pool debut

Speaking of rock'n'roll, live music comes to the new Limp Lizard, at 201 First St., at 10 p.m. Friday April 29 when the The Z-Bones plug in. The roots-rock combo includes guitarist Mike Gridley, who used to live in Liverpool.

Live music rings out on the deck at The Retreat in the first week of June.

Upstate's seafood delicacy

Fresh, fried bullhead is an annual rite of spring. The whiskered fish are now being served at the Euclid Hotel, corner of Morgan Road and Route 31, in Clay; 622-2750.

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