She was known for her early association with hard rockers Black Oak Arkansas,
….then a couple of Capitol solo albums in the mid 70’s, including “Scene Stealer” and “Smokey Places”.
And, a couple more with her band “Grey Ghost”.
Now, I’ll admit I always had a hard-on for the chick,
But mostly, ’cause man, that girl could wail. ——-
You talk about a woman projecting raw power and sexuality in her music.
Ruby could rock any arena — no matter what size– she could shake the place to it’s foundations.
I remember, a couple years back, when I first found out that she had prematurely exited this vale of tears….
A friend of mine had gotten me thinking about redheads —
(I’m not mentioning any names….)
And, Ruby being one of my all-time favorite redheads,
well, I started thinking about her ….
Now, anyone who remembers Ruby will remember her high energy,
‘get it while you can’ kind of stage presence,
that put one in mind of a self-actualized version of Janis Joplin —
(absolutely no disrespect intended…
… I loved Janis, but she wasn’t exactly in love with herself.!)
Firing one up on the old turntable, I was suddenly seized with the desire to find out what she’s been up to..
so, I started looking around on the WWW.
What I expected to find was Ruby playing out of the way venues —
(sort of like the old and now defunct West Palm Beach Auditorium, where I first saw Ruby in 1975..)
and perhaps a couple of pictures of present day Ruby……..,
….but still rockin after all these years.
What I didn’t expect was her obituary.
Ruby Starr dead?
AT age 43??
For me, I’m afraid this sad story has a very trite, but also very sincere moral.
Whether you’re 14 or 43, 19 or 92, live your life like this is your last day on earth…
cause it might very well be.
One minute you’re singing your heart out,
or fucking your brains out,
or talking, walking,
shopping, or chopping…
…………….. the next, it’s lights out, baby.
Nice knowin’ ya.
How long you gonna wait before you find out where/how they are?
You might wait too long….
and then, they’re gone.
Or YOU are.
It’s like Janis used to sing:
“Get it while you can… don’t you turn your back on love, no, no, no … Get it while you can.”
(Man, that chick had HEART.. and so did Ruby.)
So- next time you think to yerself, I’ll live it up tomorrow – remember :
Have a ball and a biscuit NOW – ’cause tomorrow, we die.
(BUT, try not to wreck yer health doing it-
— today might last longer than you expect-
……… and you may still need it!)
If you loved Ruby — leave me a comment !!
(to: you know who you are)
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