Roky Erickson Biography – Roky Erickson Wiki
Roky Erickson born Roger Kynard Erickson, was an American singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and guitarist.
Erickson was a high school dropout who formed his first group, the Spades, at 18. The group scored a local hit with the single “We Sell Soul,” and cut the original version of “You’re Gonna Miss Me.”
The band’s “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was famously in the opening scene of the 2000 film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity,” which starred John Cusack.
A late-career renaissance, which began with an Erickson tribute album in 1990 titled “Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye” that featured major acts including ZZ Top, R.E.M. and T Bone Burnett, saw his profile grow during the second half of his life, including performing live again, most notably an appearance at Coachella in 2007 and a slew of European festivals.
Erickson appeared on the Mogwai EP, “Batcat,” and Okkervil River served as his backing band on 2010’s “True Love Cast Out All Evil,” which proved to be his last solo studio album.
In 2015, The 13th Floor Elevators reunited for the first time since the band’s 1969 breakup, including Erickson and Tommy Hall, John Ike Walton, and Ronnie Leatherman. They were joined by Roky’s son Jegar Erickson, and guitarist Fred Mitchim as well.
Roky Erickson Age
He was born on July 15, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, United States. He died on May 31, 2019 at the age of 71.
Roky Erickson Family
He was the son of Roger Erickson and Evelyn. Evelyn was a high school cheerleader in Dallas who married her high school sweetheart, Roger Erickson, in 1944. Roger was a civil engineer and architect. Their first son, Roger Kynard Erickson, Jr., was born on July 15, 1947. Rokyoky had two brothers, Ben who was born in 1959 and Sumner who was born in 1962.
Roky Erickson Wife
He had two wives. He was married to his first wife Dana Gaines. He had an affair with Renee Bayer with whom he had his first child, a girl named Spring, in 1974. Divorced from Dana, he married a former bartender named Holly Patton, with whom he had a daughter named Cydne in 1984.
Roky Erickson Children
He fathered three children, Spring, Jehar, and Cydne.
Roky Erickson Death
Erickson died on May 31, 2019. He was 71. His death was confirmed by his brother Mikel to Bill Bentley, who produced the all-star 1990 Erickson tribute album “Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye,” which included performances by R.E.M., ZZ Top, Doug Sahm and other stars.
Bill Bentley said in a statement to Primal Information, “Roky lived in so many worlds, you couldn’t keep up with him. He lived so much, and not always on this planet.”
Roky Erickson Cause of Death
Roky Erickson’s cause of death was not revealed.
Roky Erickson Documentary
Erickson’s battle with mental illness was chronicled in the affecting 2007 documentary “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.