John Harrelson, 1950-2013

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Above, Harrelson at the Press, 2012.

John Harrelson, a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Ontario, died June 26 at age 62 of heart failure. Harrelson, a Chaffey High graduate, was a fixture at the Press in Claremont (both as a performer and a customer) and performed all over the world. He’s also the subject of a documentary making the film festival rounds, “Dead Man Rockin’,” referring to his near-death experience in 2006.

I’ll have more on him later this week because we were friends and he deserves the ink. In the meantime, a viewing will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Draper Mortuary in Ontario. Harrelson’s Facebook page is one place to check in if you knew him, as is the “Dead Man Rockin’” page.

* Update: I’ve written an obituary about Harrelson. A column will be forthcoming.

** Update: And here’s Wednesday’s column.

Below is a 2007 video from the Press of Harrelson performing one of his catchiest songs, “Evangeline.” Pretty sure I was in the audience that night.

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  • kevin salveson

    Rest in Peace, John

  • Doug Evans

    Just read the column… Touching tribute! Always sad when good people leave us too early, and 62 is way too early…