Fritz Richmond, a folk musician considered one of the world’s finest players of the jug and washtub bass, died of lung cancer Sunday. He was 66.
He won national attention in 1963 with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.
Bandmate Geoff Muldaur said Richmond figured it out: "You go into it thinking it’s this comical jug routine. Then you realize that he’s putting real emotion across."
He was a trendsetter, too, said Muldaur. It was Richmond who came up with the Lovin’ Spoonful’s name and first wore the granny glasses with tiny colored lenses later favored by folks such as John B. Sebastian and Roger McGuinn .
I listened to the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the 60’s, and recently picked up the CD of their greatest hits after not listening to them for decades. It’s still great music that’s admirably stood the test of time. (Maria Muldaur was also a member.)