Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A run in my Nylons

I was just reading over on A Cappella News, producer/promoter John Neal's clearinghouse for all things a cappella, that Arnold Robinson, the nonpareil bass of The Nylons, has hung up his microphone after 26 years of anchoring one of the world's best-known, best-loved vocal bands.

Most familiar to American audiences for their popular, oft-imitated covers of Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)," the Turtles' "Happy Together," and the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," the Toronto-based Nylons were a major force in contemporizing a cappella for the general public. As a longtime fan, I've covered hundreds of highway miles with Claude Morrison's soaring tenor and Arnold Robinson's booming bass cascading from my car stereo speakers.

The Nylons were also one of the first mainsteam musical acts at the forefront of AIDS awareness. In 1991, the group's lead singer, Marc Connors, succumbed to the disease.

Enjoy your retirement years, Arnold. Long may you run!


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