Sky Saxon, Seeds Singer and Bassist, Dies at 63

Atlanta, GA 6/25/2009 07:26 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Sky Saxon, the lead singer and bassist of the 60s rock band Seeds, has died. Saxon died Thursday in an Austin, Texas hospital. He had been in the ICU with an undisclosed illness since Monday. He was 63.

Saxon founded Seeds in 1965. The band included Daryl Hooper, Jan Savage and Rick Andridge. In 1966, they released two albums – The Seeds and A Web of Sound. Following the huge success of their singles Can’t Seem to Make You Mine and Pushin’ Too Hard, the band released two more albums – Future and A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues.

The group disbanded in the early ‘70s and Saxon joined a California religious group, the Source Family. He often played with their band, the Ya Ho Wa 13.

In 1989, Saxon and the Seeds reformed for a tour. They toured again in 2003. Saxon most recently recorded music with the Smashing Pumpkins.

Saxon fell ill last Thursday and was hospitalized. No details on his illness or death were available. His wife, Sabrina Sherry Smith Saxon, announced his death on her Facebook page saying, “Sky has passed over and YaHoWha is waiting for him at the gate. He will soon be home with his Father. I'm so sorry I couldn't keep him here with us. More later. I'm sorry.”

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