John Power, long-time bass player for Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, passed away last Friday, November 30, and tributes have been pouring in. Power had also played with the Hippos, the Foreday Riders and Company Caine and had a long history on the local music scene.
Power died at Wellington Hospital in New South Wales.
“My dear pal…is glory bound today,” said Joe Camilleri, leader of Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and The Black Sorrows, online. “Loved his company his wit and musicality…walked into each other’s lives not too much was said. John played bass and could sing in that world…he was the business.
I can hear him now…it’s 1976..singing Just To be With You…as all who knew him…I will raise a glass and play The Shape I’m In like we used to…with vigour and who’s up who and who’s paying the rent…my dear pal Johnny.”
Chris Stockley, formerly of The Dingoes, posted: “A big man, big sound, great voice and huge intellect. a great friend to Jenny and myself. I was also fortunate enough to share the stage with him many, many times in a number of different configurations, probably the best known, certainly in Melbourne, would have been The Rock Doctors. A fantastic band musically and about as much fun as you can have standing up. RIP, John. I shall miss our traditional (of 40 years) meeting up drink too. A bottle of Dom Perignon. Might be the most suitable drink for you tonight.”
Funeral details were posted yesterday. A service for all who wish to attend will be held on Monday 10th Dec – 12:00 noon at: Canobolas Gardens Crematorium , Lot 1 Lone Pine Ave, Orange.
Everyone is then invited to join the family for an informal gathering to remember John at:The Hotel Canobolas, 248 Summer Street , Orange.