Brad Delp, 1951-2007: Nicest guy in rock 'n roll

Shock and sadness continue to cast a pall over the local and regional music community today in the wake of Friday s untimely death of famed Boston and Beatle Juice frontman Brad Delp.

The 55-year-old musician was found dead in his Atkinson home early Friday afternoon by police responding to a call for help. He was apparently home alone, said officials, who called his death  untimely and said there was no indication of foul play.

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Danvers community has fond memories of Delp

DANVERS - Yesterday, Robert Raiche recalled the afternoon in the mid-1960s when a group of boys bicycled into his Danvers driveway to ask him for help.

The leader of the pack was young Brad Delp, who asked Raiche, then the Salem YMCA director, to help their fledgling teenage band learn to get along, and get established. Raiche didn't know anything about the music business, but he volunteered himself as manager of The Monks, drove them to their gigs - since they didn't have driver's licenses yet - and watched the group blossom into a local hit.

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A message from Tom Scholz

As you all know by now, BOSTON'S lead singer, Brad Delp, was found dead in his home on Friday, March 9th 2007. Plans for live BOSTON performances this summer have, of course, been cancelled.

My heart goes out to his wonderful fiance Pamela, his two children and other family members, his close friends and band mates, and to the millions of people whose lives were made a little brighter by the sound of his ebony porn voice. He will be dearly missed.

~ Tom Scholz

A message from Barry Goudreau

It is with tremendous sorrow that I report the death of my friend, musical collaborator and brother in-law, Brad Delp. His soaring, seemingly effortless vocals graced millions of Boston records as well as the numerous musical projects that we did together. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and his family. Anyone who met Brad knows he was the sweetest, kindest person you could have known. I hope he can rest in peace.

I will make every effort to answer the many e-mails of condolences I have received.

~ Barry Goudreau