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Felix Pappalardi


Felix Pappalardi was most well-known as the manufacturer of Cream as well as the bassist for just one from the first American hard rock and roll serves, Mountain; unfortunately, he’s also appreciated for the tragic capturing that stated his lifestyle at age group 43. Pappalardi was created Dec 20, 1939, within the Bronx and examined classical music on the School of Michigan; upon time for NY, he was struggling to find are a conductor and shortly drifted in to the Greenwich Community folk picture. He soon produced a name for himself as an experienced arranger, and following that transferred into record creation, initially focusing on folk and folk-rock serves like Tim Hardin, the Youngbloods, Joan Baez, Richard & Mimi Farina, Ian & Sylvia, and Fred Neil. Nevertheless, it had been Pappalardi’s past due-’60s use the psychedelic blues-rock clothing Cream — you start with their second recording, Disraeli Gears — that basically established his status; Pappalardi sometimes added extra instrumentation for his imaginative studio room plans and he and wife, Gail Collins, co-wrote “Unusual Brew” with Eric Clapton. In 1968, Pappalardi was asked to create an Atlantic Information band known as the Vagrants, which presented a guitarist called Leslie West. The next year, he created West’s solo recording Hill; after Cream disbanded, Pappalardi and Western created the hard rock-band Mountain, whose strike solitary “Mississippi Queen” continues to be a staple of traditional rock and roll radio. Mountain split up in 1972, reunited in 1974, and disbanded once again in 1975; soon after, Pappalardi was compelled to, generally, retire from executing due to incomplete hearing loss due to Mountain’s extreme quantity. However, he could return to creation, and also documented an record with japan hard rock and roll clothing Creation, who acquired opened for Hill on the Japanese travels; Felix Pappalardi & Creation premiered on A&M in 1976. In 1979, Pappalardi released his first genuine solo record, Don’t Get worried, Ma, which shown his growing curiosity about funk, jazz fusion, and reggae, and highlighted a large helping cast, including bassist Chuck Rainey and drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. On the night time of Apr 17, 1983, tragedy struck: Pappalardi was shot once within the throat by his wife, Gail Collins, and wiped out. He previously been involved with a long-standing affair using a youthful woman, which Collins acquired knowledge; nevertheless, a jury backed Collins’ declare that the capturing was accidental, taking place while Pappalardi was displaying her how exactly to use the weapon. She was convicted of criminally negligent homicide as opposed to the far more critical charge of second-degree murder; sentenced to four years, Collins silently disappeared afterward.

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Full Name Felix Pappalardi
Died April 17, 1983, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Bassist
Education University of Michigan
Nationality American
Music Groups Mountain, Blues Creation
Music Songs Mississippi Queen, Theme From An Imaginary Western, Never in My Life, For Yasgur's Farm, King's Chorale, Don't Look Around, Long Red, Southbound Train, Tired Angels, Taunta, Crossroader, Silver Paper, Blood of the Sun, Roll Over Beethoven, Travelin' in the Dark, Sittin' on a Rainbow, My Lady, The Animal Trainer and the Toad, Nantucket Sleighride, One Last Cold Kiss, To My Friend, Guitar Solo, Waiting to Take You Away, The Great Train Robbery, The Laird, Dream Sequence, Pride and Passion, You Can't Get Away, Boys in the Band, Flowers of Evil, Blind Man, Because You Are My Friend
Albums Avalanche, Twin Peaks, The Best of Mountain, Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On, Flowers of Evil, Nantucket Sleighride, Climbing!, Travelling In The Dark Live... Ebbets Field, Denver, 30 July 1976 - Remastered

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1 Shot to death by his wife, Gail Collins Pappalardi, on the fifth floor of his apartment on Manhattan's East Side and died at the scene. Prosecutors said the motive was Papalardi's long-running affair with 27-year-old Valerie Merians. Collins was charged with second-degree murder, which was later reduced to negligent homicide. She was convicted and received four years in prison.
2 Bass player and singer (one of two lead singers) of the band Mountain (with Leslie West).
3 Produced records for bands such as Cream, The Youngbloods, The Dead Boys.



Mike & Mike 2014-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Earth to Echo 2014 writer: "Mississippi Queen"
The Blacklist 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game writer: "Mississippi Queen" - as Laurence Laign Pappalardi
Snowpiercer 2013 writer: "Strange Brew"
The Americans 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Timeshift 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Burning Man: Metropolis 2012 Documentary writer: "4 Until Late"
Men in Black 3 2012 writer: "Strange Brew"
Killer Elite 2011 writer: "Strange Brew"
Fringe 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Expendables 2010 writer: "Mississippi Queen"
Isle of Wight Festival 2010: Live 2010 TV Special writer: "99 Problems"
Saturday Night Live 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 2009 writer: "99 Problems"
The International 2009/I writer: "Strange Brew"
Pineapple Express 2008 writer: "Don't Look Around"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2007 Video Game writer: "Mississippi Queen"
Next 2007 writer: "Strange Brew"
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Mississippi Queen"
My Name Is Earl 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Comeback Season 2006 writer: "Mississippi Queen"
Life on Mars 2006 TV Series producer - 1 episode
The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 writer: "Mississippi Queen"
Lords of Dogtown 2005 writer: "Strange Brew"
The Longest Yard 2005 "Mississippi Queen"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Anger Management 2003 writer: "Strange Brew"
Blow 2001 writer: "Strange Brew"
Say It Isn't So 2001 writer: "Strange Brew"
Ed 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Outside Providence 1999 writer: "Mississippi Queen"
Valkanizater 1997 writer: "Strange Brew"
My Entire Life 1996 writer: "Strange Brew" - as Pappalardi
The Simpsons 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
En el aire 1995 writer: "Strange Brew"
A Bronx Tale 1993 writer: "Strange Brew"
Get a Life 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Cream of Eric Clapton 1990 Video documentary writer: "Strange Brew"
He's My Girl 1987 writer: "Mississippi Queen"
Good and Bad at Games 1983 TV Movie writer: "Strange Brew" - uncredited
More American Graffiti 1979 writer: "Strange Brew"
Vanishing Point 1971 writer: "Mississippi Queen" - as Pappalardi



Woodstock Diary 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Mountain)

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