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Tribute for Fabulous Wailers bassist Buck Ormsby to be held next month

Details have emerged for a tribute concert for fallen Tacoma rock icon John “Buck” Ormsby. “Buck's House Party” will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. March 26 at the Temple Theatre with a lineup that will include Little Bill & The Bluenotes; the Fab Wailers, featuring members of the Fabulous Wailers' most recent lineup and Gail Harris, who sang with the band in the 1960s; “Angel in the Morning” singer Merrilee Rush; The Ad Ventures, featuring Don Wilson and Nokie Edwards of Tacoma's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Ventures; City Zu; Jim Valley; The Daily Flash; Billy Mac; The Galaxies; and Tacoma guitar hero Jerry Miller, of Moby Grape fame.

Promoter Mike Mitchell said there will be no cover charge for the event, but there will be an auction of signed rock memorabilia, and donations will be accepted to help cover costs.

Ormsby was among the most influential architects of the Original Northwest Sound as a member of seminal Tacoma garage-rock bands, Little Bill & The Bluenotes and the Fabulous Wailers, as co-owner of Tacoma's Etiquette Records and as producer on several classic Northwest rock recordings. He had been diagnosed with cancer; but ultimately, he died from injuries sustained in a fall on Oct. 29 in Mexico where he had gone to undergo treatment. The accident occurred on his 75th birthday.  

Read a more detailed story on Ormsby's legacy here