The music community lost one of its more enigmatic cult figures when performer Richard McGhee died of cancer last month at his family home in Ohio. He was 63. McGhee was amusing audiences with his karaoke lounge act eons before friends of Dean Martin began swarming the clubs. A regular at venues like the Chameleon and the Fillmore lounge, a stiff McGhee would layer his, uh, distinctive voice over selections from the more than 500 hits, oldies, and oddities he had on tape. Was he joking or was he serious? The poker-faced McGhee left everyone guessing, but friends say a kinder fellow was nowhere to be found. Memorial contributions can be made to Brookfield Christian Church in care of Madasz Funeral Home, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield, OH, 44403.
Notes From Underground
The national press has been swarming over the Rancids and Charlie Hunters of the Bay Area scene as of late, but now's the time to pay tribute to the hard-working smaller fry who are still awaiting that big break. Vote for your favorite local bands on the official ballot of the sixth annual WAMMIES, SF Weekly's Alternative Music Awards (see Page 45; the deadline is Oct. 31). Winners will be announced at the Great American Music Hall Tuesday, Nov. 14, at a benefit for Larkin Street Youth Center, featuring live performances by Pansy Division, The Coup, M.I.R.V., Anibade with Ledisi, and Preacher Boy & the Natural Blues; MC Bud E. Luv; and bread-and-circuses including La Chingona and her band of Mexican wrestlers, belly-dancers, sideshow freaks, fortune tellers, and more. Tickets are $10; call 885-0750.
Gleaming the Cube
A premier skateboarding photographer, Glen E. Friedman also did album covers for bands as varied as Minor Threat, Public Enemy, and the Beastie Boys, work which was recently published as Fuck You Heroes: Glen E. Friedman, Photographs 1976-1991 by the Burning Flags Press and Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 Publications. The artist will be signing copies at a reception hosted by DLX skate and clothing shop (1831 Market) on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. Call 626-5588.
Whoops, there was a typo in last week's Samples item about the new KFJC web site: The correct address is http://www.cygnus.com/kfjc/md/db/. … On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Tower Records on Market is hosting a party for the Out Loud (Knitting Factory Works) compilation, in conjunction with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and featuring Melissa Ferrick and the Gretchen Phillips Experience. Call 621-0588.
By Sia Michel