Richard Newell
a.k.a
King Biscuit Boy
(Mar 9, 1944 - Jan 05, 2003)
Official Music
Saying Good-bye
Obituary Condolences Harmonica King by Gary Curtis My Big Brother by Guitar Mikey

Ian Nielsen     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 08, 2003
Comments :
Peace be with you
It was a treat to meet you and play a few of your songs!

Robin Pierce(nee Magder)     email
hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard was a beautiful person who I will always remember with great fondness..

Chris Pratt     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend and Fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard I knew you from the Kelly Jay, Bad Manors,Golka and Doucette days. I will miss you, your attitude and talent greatly. Keep on Rockin On.

Glenda Barlow     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
My Sincere Condolences
The music industry has lost a great talent.

Mike McMillan     email
Boston, Massachusetts
USA
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard was a great friend and mentor.  I miss him. 

Gypsy and Sharon Gataiance
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Acquaintance
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Your music and talent will be missed.

John Stainton     email
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Ex-Road Mgr
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
If there's a Bourbon St.in the great beyond...Save me a seat!

John Lewis
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Rich was an awesome talent, a profoundly gentle man, now not with us in body but alive in our hearts, and our minds - as we know the blues dwell and speak to our collective souls...

Lily Sazz     email
Dundas, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
I might not have even been a blues musician if it weren't for Richard. His encouragement, generosity and loaning of recordings were a part of my history that I always share when asked about how my music career started. I'll never forget him and will always miss him and his occasional phonecalls I was lucky enough to get in the last few years. We've all lost a friend and part of our history.

John Brason     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Relative
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Lovingly Remembered
He was a kind,genuous,and loving man who will be missed by all of us.

Frankie Venom
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Teenage Head
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
We love you where ever you are.. no doubt playing harp for god. Making our Horseshoe show a King Bisket Boy Tribute on January 24th in Toronto. You were the greatest.

Linda (Beazley) Frid     email
Kingston, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Beez's sister and a fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
my condolences to all who loved you, family, friends and fans... a big loss to the musicworld

Vi Winstanley     email
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada
Relationship: fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
The world has lost a great talent. Richard's music touched me deeply. My sympathy to his family, loved ones, friends and fans.

Doug Chappell     email
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: The Mid-Knights
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Playing with Richard was a blast, every night was an adventure in music and laughter.

Dianne Campbell
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
You left us too soon, Rich. My deepest sympathy to your family and many friends. Your music and talent will be missed by us all.

Patrick Salisbury
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
No one played the harmonica like

Jack Rogers
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Rest in peace buddy.We are all going to miss your music and wit.

Keith Stanton     email
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan and friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Thanks Rich. It was fun. Your legacy lives!

Jutta Ney-Barlow     email
Binbrook, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend and Associate
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard, we left a couple of things undone. Will miss you, your talent, your sense of humour. Every time I hear a harp, I think of you, hope you're at peace and having the jam session of all time.

Barb Evans
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Biscuit, no music inspired us to rock the dance floor harder than yours! Thanks for many great times and your unwaivering kindness always. May you rest in peace and love.

Alfred Davies
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Uncle
Signed : Jan 09, 2003

Janice Smith
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY MANY. WAS TRULY LOVED BY HIS FANS OVER A LONG LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

Sherrie-Jane Biernacki nee Younge     email
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
I will always remember you
Rich, I remember the old days when you used to practice at Coppels Fish and Chips,all the old gang would be there.It was your first band. And there GREATNESS was born !!!! The world has lost a treasure,but your music will go on. We will all miss you deeply,I know, I have shed many tears with many others all over the world. To your family and loved ones I wish that the Lord will put His arms around them and give them peace and strenth to bear there grief,,May God bless all of you.

Dave Missen
Burlington, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Acquaintance
Signed : Jan 09, 2003

Iris Tesch
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Former Neighbour
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Your departure will be a tremendous loss to the music world. My sincerest condolences to your family and friends.

Duane Rogers
Caledonia, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Remembering many magical musical moments Thanks Rich

Bill Longley     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Acquaintance
Signed : Jan 09, 2003

AGENT ORANGE HOLLOWAY
HAMILTON, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003

Gord Barker     email
Cambridge, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend & Protege
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard, you taught me more about the blues than I could ever have learned in my own lifetime.

John Gibbard
Brantford, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Crowbar
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Thanks for all of the lessons, laughs, and great music. Through your recordings, you will continue to inspire us all.

Silvie Keen    email
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard, my first love, you have always remained in my heart. Thank you for the music, kindness and your gentle spirit. May it soar as powerfully as you made that harp soar. Namaste.

Jack de Keyzer
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: band mate
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard Newell was the greatest musician I ever worked with. I loved him like a brother. He taught me so much about music I am forever indebted. Remembering all the great times and the great gift you shared with so many of us. Goodbye old friend.

Lance Kiernan     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Richard was a wonderful man who always shared his friendship and humour. The music and memories will make a terrific legacy.

Bruce Gregory     email
Wellandport, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Classmate
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
My Thoughts Are With You

Pat Battle (Stach)     email
Dunnville, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Old girlfriend
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
Rich: Although we lost touch over the years, I'll never forget you.You were my first love. I'm glad I met you in the Crazy Horse Saloon a few years back so I could apoligize to you. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Mr Newell, I know you will miss Rich so much! There can be no greater loss than the loss of your child. May you take comfort in knowing he's with his mom. P.S. Rich did everyone know how good of an artist you were too? I hope you didn't keep that to yourself ! I'll see you in Heaven. Don't forget how to play

Peter Traynor     email
Schomberg, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Acquaintance
Signed : Jan 09, 2003
Comments :
The music will not be the same

Gary Deans     email
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Good Friend
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
Richard, there were so many times over the years that I was doing the

Mike Short     email
Los Angeles, California
USA
Relationship: Old Friend
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
A great guy. Hilarious. A fantastic musician. The best kind of friend. We're going to miss you forever, Rick.

Mike Baker     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Acquaintance
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
Thank you for the music

John Till     email
Stratford, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
A huge musical talent with a great sense of humour. On the road with him, I had good times both on and off stage. I'll remember you often Richard. You'll always be the best.

JEFF BAKER
TRURO, Nova Scotia
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
One of the biggest thrills of my musical career was trading solos with you live on stage. You were a major inspiration and influence in the early development of my harp playing. Your musical legacy will continue to inspire young harp players for years to come. Thank you for the great music. May you rest in peace.

Ron Copple
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Good Friend
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
Rest from your labours, buddy.

CAROL WASHINGTON     email
HAMILTON, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: WIFE OF BOBBY WASHINGTON
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
i laugh to myself when i think of your off the wall sense of humour and hope you and Bobby are having a

Bruce Payment
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
Keep doing it your way Richard.

Cueball, *
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
Sorry I never made you a copy of that video of all of us at Georgies that night.It now brings tears to our eyes! Love you buddy

Vaz and Wendy
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Acquaintance
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
Thank you for the music. You'll never be forgotten

Lynda Davies
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: friend and fan
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
The pain, the laughter, the man and his music...Richard oozed the blues with a bitter-sweet wit. We will miss him.

Mic & Carol Paulino
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
One of our first dates was a night At the Wentworth Tripple Rinks with Sly & the Famliy Stone Bush & Crowbar with King Biscut Boy. It was a night to rember. you will be sadly missed.

Marni Gubbins Jeffrey     email
The Hammer, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: longtime fan
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
I will never forget being in the Santa Claus Parade on the Crowbar float had such a blast that day... E.T. O.D. Thanks for
Krystyna Janicha     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: friend, lover, brother, soulmate
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
We will always remember you
Thank you Lord, for blessing me, my life with such a loving, caring, funny, sweetest,compassionate knowlegeable friend. In losing you my pain is unbearable. Our Lord and his music community in Heaven are happy now, succeeding in the request they placed for the mastered musican that you were. Richard, you were a big part of my life. Thank you for being there for me, filling my life, as well as others lives with your music, witty humor and unquestionable knowlege of music and life. Always being so kind to take the time. You played at my daughters wedding, you were the greatest and the straightest. The fun we had.

Robert Vasil
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: school pal and long time friend
Signed : Jan 10, 2003
Comments :
The blues ain't nothin' but a good man feelin' bad. Zeezils 4ever... The Vaz

B.B.Keyball(pet name) private
private, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: true love
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
I never stopped loving you - I never will

Bruce Burns (Burnsie)
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Good Friend
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
I will miss you Richard. You were a good friend ,always.

Gary Depodesta
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend and Neighbour
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Deepest Sympathy
Randy, Thinking of you and your family at this time.

Bruce Burns
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friends
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
Biscuit;there was many an evening of conversation and fun! I will dearly miss your friendship. One of the things that makes me smile is that, you walked the way you walked and you played the way you played. Burnsie

Graeme Brechin
hamilton,ontario, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: friend, fellow musician
Signed : Jan 11, 2003

Ronny Brechin
Binbrook, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: school time buddy,friend
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Condolences
The best harp player in the world has left us.

B.Douglas Brechin
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan,Friend
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
Remember the good times we had,you taught me a few things about the mountain,never forget that wild cab ride.

Kathy Brechin
Coombs, British Columbia
Canada
Relationship: Fan,Friend
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My heart goes out to you

Carol Brechin
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan,Friend
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Prayers are with you

Mrs.Laurene Brechin
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan,Friend
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Deepest Sympathy

Bobby Brechin
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship:
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
Never forget the good times we had,sadly missed

Louise Brechin
Deseronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship:
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Sincere Condolences

Norman Brechin
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship:
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Deepest Sympathy

Deryl Shelton
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Heart and Prayers are with you

Frank Davies
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend & Fan Forever
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
Part 2 (cut-off from original placement):

Ron Richards
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fellow Musician
Signed : Jan 11, 2003
Comments :
My Heart and Prayers go out to you
A fellow musician, and wonderful, talented person. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his music.

Francis Davies
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend & Fan Forever
Signed : Jan 12, 2003
Comments :
"Lord Pity Us All on this hard road we have to travel and thank you for blessing Richard with such great talent over the course of his journey down that highway. A funny, sweet, real, badly bent, beautiful "original", who lived, sang and played the blues better than any white guy I ever heard. Richard's soul will give him more than twenty-nine ways to make it through heaven's door."

Patrick Finochio     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 12, 2003
Comments :
My Deepest Regards

lori thompson-mountenay(DEL RIO)     email
hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan/Friend
Signed : Jan 12, 2003
Comments :
May God Comfort You
Only the Good Die Young and Biscuit you are the BEST Sadly missed.

Steve Bannon     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Musician
Signed : Jan 12, 2003
Comments :
We all are proud of Richard and thankful that he passed our way.

P. Wade
Dublin, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: long time fan
Signed : Jan 13, 2003
Comments :
Thank you for some of the greatest times I ever enjoyed as a youth...P.

Ed and Donna Washnuk
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Long-time fans and admirers
Signed : Jan 13, 2003
Comments :
"You lived your life like a candle in the wind.". Dear friend, we will certainly miss you and your music. You will stay alive in our memories. We loved you. Our condolences to your family.

Paul Cronkwright     email
Smithville, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: brother of the heart
Signed : Jan 13, 2003
Comments :
We started laughing in 1959 and now it has come to an untimely end. I'll never forget the fabulous times we shared. Keep on boogie'n!

Vic Martisius
Brantford, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 14, 2003
Comments :
Thankyou Richard for the kindness you always showed to me and my family. You knew that we were birds of the feather, and now my friend, farewell and may you rest in sweet peace.

Glenn Smith
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 14, 2003
Comments :
thanks for the good times and all the education you gave to me early in my blues learning infancy . The next round is on me.

Paul and Donna Panchezak     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: fellow musician and friend
Signed : Jan 14, 2003
Comments :
Rich was my colleague and music teacher but above all he was a loyal and loving friend. I'll miss him every day in many ways. May he rest in peace and God bless his family.

Ritchie Yorke     email
Brisbane, 
Relationship: Long-time friend, associate and admirer
Signed : Jan 14, 2003
Comments :
I ain't never heard a blues tune I didn't like, and I ain't never Richard blow a lues tune that I didn't like one heck of a lot. Fareyewell, brother blue and blow some cool notes for the angels.

Tommy Grasley     email
, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Sonny's Son
Signed : Jan 14, 2003
Comments :
He was a great man
Richard always made me feel

Tommy Grasley
THE HAMMER, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Son of Sonny
Signed : Jan 14, 2003
Comments :
He was a caring and loving person
Richard always made me feel ...Blues with a feeling..Keep on smilin'

Bruce Cameron     email
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friend
Signed : Jan 15, 2003
Comments :
I have very fond memories of a great guy and a terrific band-leader. Your influence will be felt for many years in the Canadian music scene.

Dennis Grasley a.k.a. Sonny Del-Rio     email
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: bandmate & friend
Signed : Jan 16, 2003
Comments :
Oh man! We shared so much together,playing,laughing,recording, living on the road.The whole world is something less with out you. Now,I know, your blowin' with the Angels. I will miss you my friend.

Terry Washnuk     email
Ancaster, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Son of biggest fan
Signed : Jan 17, 2003
Comments :
Richie was a long time family friend and played at my Dad's 60th birthday bash a few years ago. He was my Dad's idol and it made his day. I wish I had my video camera that night.

Karen (Andersen) Patterson     email
Tulsa, Oklahoma
USA
Relationship: Classmate
Signed : Jan 23, 2003
Comments :
My thoughts go out to the family
I knew Richard before he became a star, back when we were in the art course at Central. He was also a great cartoonist, something I have not seen written about in these tributes. Trivia: I remember Richard brought a salmon salad sandwich for lunch "every" day for the four years we were together!

Rick Donmoyer     email
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Fan
Signed : Jan 29, 2003
Comments :
Not enough good ones to keep losing them !

B.B.Keyball B.B.Keyball
private, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: true love
Signed : Feb 10, 2003
Comments :
My heart is aching-not a day goes by without thinking about you-emerald eyes see you forever-I close my eyes and I am back in your arms

shirley chambers     email
St. Thomas, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Relative
Signed : Feb 12, 2003
Comments :
my mother informed me that richard was her step cousin, and of course i had to find out about him and his music, since then, i could just cry,i could have met him and enjoyed his music much sooner, thankyou richard -music is healing -and you are a healer.

Blues Lovers Everywhere
everywhere, Ontario
Canada
Relationship: Friends
Signed : Mar 11, 2003
Comments :
Happy Birthday Richard - so many people are thinking of you today with love


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