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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