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Ed Cassidy dies at 89; drummer for band Spirit
Ed Cassidy dies at 89; drummer for band Spirit

Ed Cassidy, the drummer whose musical background influenced the jazz-tinged sound of the band Spirit, which emerged in the late 1960s as one of the West Coast's premier rock groups, has died. He was 89. Cassidy died Thursday of cancer at an assisted living home in San Jose, said Beverley Cassidy, his ex-wife. He had already jammed with such jazz greats as Dexter Gordon and Chet Baker before teaming with Randy California, his guitar-playing stepson from another marriage, to form what became Spirit. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 The quintet was known for playing "a challenging, sweeping blend of rock, jazz, blues and other musical strains," The Times reported in 1991, and...

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