I lost one of my favorite singers this past weekend.
Logan Whitehurst, who first gained fame on the original incarnation of mp3.com when he began posting some novelty and funny songs for others to download, has died at the age of 29.
Whitehurst first began sharing some of his works on the Internet in 1999 through the then San Diego-based mp3.com, and gained a small following, but it was the following year that he became more famous when the syndicated Dr. Demento Show began playing one of his first songs, "Monkeys are Bad People", and got further exposure for the radio listeners.
In recent years, Whitehurst had been battling inoperable brain cancer, and this past spring he thought that his cancer had been in remission with treatments, and began assembling tracks for what would be his final album, "Very Tiny Songs" that summer.
But over the next few months, he began having problems again and went to see his doctor for a brain and spine scan and was told that he had a recurrence of his brain cancer. His doctor in August told him that his cancer would kill him within the year.
Whitehurst released two albums before his death, and his Very Tiny Songs album will be released sometime in 2007. The first one, "How Does an Electrostatic Motor Work", in 2000, and his second one, the criticlaly acclaimed "Goodbye, My 4-Track" yielding a few hits on dfsx and Dr. Demento, in 2003.
Logan's younger sister, Emily, broke the news that he died on December 3rd in an official announcement on his myspace page http://myspace.com/loganwhitehurst.
Emily also wrote in his blog, "Not long ago, Logan told us that one of the most important things to him was playing his music for people. I'm pretty sure that right now he would thank you for being such an amazing audience. We are going to do our best to make sure his music continues to be available to everyone. Very Tiny Songs will be out soon, for which we are all extremely grateful. Grateful to have one last amazing work from the mind of Logan Whitehurst. Logan was, for many of us, the most unique and talented person we've ever known. Through his music and with your help, we will keep the memory of Logan alive. Thank you for all your support and kind words.
"To quote one of his songs,
"As I go to heaven in the back of my Luv-Machine, I can hear them say as I fly away, 'LIFE IS PEACHES AND CREAM'."
Logan's hits include "Happy Noodle vs. Sad Noodle", "Robot Cat", "Lizard and Fish", "Do The Confusion", and "Calculator Love."
From Wikipedia: Logan Whitehurst (November 15, 1977 - December 3, 2006), was the drummer for the Northern California band Little Tin Frog from 1995 until 2000. He also played keyboards on the Headboard CD "The End Is Near," and performed live with the group on numerous occasions from 1996 to 1997. In 2000, he continued on as a founding member of The Velvet Teen, for which he is best known.
In addition to drumming for The Velvet Teen, he has released a handful of self-recorded solo albums as Logan Whitehurst & the Junior Science Club.