Remembering, and not … or, “Ole Leather Lungs”

A poster over at SGML raises a salient point, indirectly, apropos the death of Jerri Morrison of the long-ago Sunliters: the persistent refusal of NQC to formally make mention of or pay tribute to artists and performers who have died in the preceding year. I’ve noticed since J.D. Sumner died and no formal mention was made at NQC, but it happened (or rather, didn’t happen) as well with Brock Speer, Jake Hess, Hovie Lister, Vestal Goodman, Glen Payne, George Younce, Wendi Bagwell and just about every other person who has died. Why is that? Is it the NQC’s official policy not to get into tributizing for fear of saying the wrong thing, or appearing to slight someone who’s forgotten or overlooked? I actually find this a pretty compelling reason not to pay formal tribute from the mainstage to dead sg stars. But I do think there could and ought to be a regular way to memorialize those who have died in the past year — say a tasteful memorial display or service or something?

But as for Ole Leather Lungs herself: where on earth did such a dreadful nickname come from? I didn’t see it explained in Bob Terrell’s SN piece this month. I mean “lungs of leather” I associate more with chronic smokers than great vocalists.

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