This morning I was saddened by the news that drummer percussionist Billy Bryans had passed away at the age of 63 after a lengthy fight with lung cancer.

In 1979 he had co-founded one of my favorite Canadian bands, The Parachute Club, which scored numerous hits in Canada and abroad in the 80’s with their reggae seasoned pop and rock including “Rise Up” and “At The Feet Of The Moon“. And since the late 80’s he has become a world renown producer and engineer in the Cuban music scene.

He was truly an innovator and will surely be missed.