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Susan Archie Remembers t0ny by Table of the Elements

Susan Archie, Tony Conrad
Nashville, 2006


Writes Susan Archie:

Tony Conrad and me. Nashville. 2006. I loved this guy and it makes me sadder than David Bowie did. I didn't know him well but worked with him and Jeff Hunt about 10 years. When we would meet up he was always so much fun. I was driving him home (toAndy Ditzler's house) after a show and I told him I had just finished a cd for Paul Anka. It was sublime pie because I had just worked on a cd for Tony, "Thuunderboy," in which his 3 yr old son scratches and loops 45s on his toy turntable. One of the hits was Puppy Love sung by Donnie Osmond, written by Paul Anka.

“You don’t know who I am,” Mr. Conrad told The Guardian in what may have been his last interview, “but somehow, indirectly, you’ve been affected by things I did.”

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