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The Seeds’ Sky Saxon Dies

12:01 PM Thursday 6/25/09 | |

Sky Sunlight Saxon, the man who gave voice to ‘60s garage band The Seeds, died this morning at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Saxon’s wife, Sabrina Sherry Smith Saxon, posted the following announcement on her Facebook page earlier today.

“Sky has passed over and YaHoWha is waiting for him at the gate. He will soon be home with his Father. I'm so sorry I couldn't keep him here with us. More later. I'm sorry.”

Saxon had been hospitalized and listed in critical condition earlier this week for an undiagnosed condition. Doctors suspected an internal organ infection and planned to put the singer on temporary dialysis treatments later this week.

Although Saxon, whose real name was Richard Marsh, fell ill last Thursday, he still managed to perform a short Seeds set Saturday evening at Austin nightclub Antone’s.

According to Wikipedia, there are different accounts of Saxon’s age, placing his birth year in either 1937, 1945 or 1946.

While co-founder and frontman for The Seeds during the 1960s, Saxon and the group were early pioneers of a genre now referred to as garage rock. The band’s big hit – “Pushin’Too Hard’— combined a frenetic, almost grunge-like vocal with a big psychedelic guitar sound. Other Seeds songs from that era include “Can’t Seem Too Make You Mine,” “No Escape” and “Nobody Spoil My Fun.”

Saxon had planned to appear on the California 66 Revue Tour with other ‘60s garage band legends The Electric Prunes and Love. A tour representative told Pollstar the tour will go on as planned with a band yet to be determined appearing in place of Saxon.

For more information, please click here for Sabrina Sherry Smith Saxon’s Facebook page.


  1. Bjc9000 wrote:

    02:55 PM, Nov 27, 2009

    I loved the music and the times. Men like this come along one in a life time and we should always remember them.

    I Bj Cooper am in the process of recording a remake of the song Pusin' To Hard and just learned of the loss of such a great performer.

    I hope I do the song justice and that sky will love it.

    To his wife and family my love and thanks for the years they allowed this man to bring great music to us all. You are wonderfull.

    I hope to send you the song when finished and I hope you will enjoy knowing we made it with love and respect for Sky.


    Love always

    Bj Cooper and The Broken Heart Express band.  

  2. Bleu French Laundry wrote:

    10:14 AM, Jul 20, 2009


    -- For Immediate Release --

    - Los Angeles, California -

    Richard Marsh, otherwise known to the rocknroll world as SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON, will find tribute & love visualized at a memorial in his honour to be held Friday, July 24th 2009 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, California. At 8pm the service gathering will commence with performances by friends THE SEEDS' DARYL HOOPER & JAN SAVAGE with other members of SEEDS line-ups with Sky, THE ELECTRIC PRUNES, STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK's GEORGE BUNNEL - RANDY SEOL - MARK WEITZ - GENE GUNNELS, BILLY CORGAN of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS & MARK TULIN of THE ELECTRIC PRUNES one-night-only as SPIRITS IN THE SKY, NELS CLINE of WILCO, solo set by Djin Aquarian of YaHoWha 13, solo set by MIKE RANDLE of BABY LEMONADE (ARTHUR LEE'S LOVE back-up band), the Simon Stokes Band, Sofizel, & very special guests. Attendees are encouraged to dress in flower children ware & bring flowers for the stage.

    The Echoplex is located at:

    1154 Glendale Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90026

    (213) 413-8200


    The venue is 18 yrs & over

    Advanced tickets available at Ticket Web

    SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON of the psychedelic garage rock legends THE SEEDS passed away at 9:10am Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at St David's South Austin Hospital in Austin, Texas. Sky died of heart & kidney failure, due to an undiagnosed infection of his internal organs. He passed peacefully with his wife Sabrina Smith Saxon & his spiritual brother in YaHoWha Joshua Aquarian by his side. He died, in his words, at the age of "eternal".

    SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON, fell ill as early as Thursday, June 18th in his new home in Austin. Despite feeling under the weather Saturday, he performed a short set of SEEDS classics at the local night club Antone's with his local collective WORLD SPIRITS, his favourite local Austin band SHAPES HAVE FANGS. After continuing illness, he was rushed to St David's South Austin Hospital Monday morning & was immediately placed in ICU. He remained in critical condition in ICU until his passing several days later. Sky & his wife Sabrina recently moved to Austin, following his exciting headlining performance at the Austin Psych Fest #2 in March. Several tours were scheduled, including the East Coast/Mid-West tour in August with the California Revue, with members of LOVE & THE ELECTRIC PRUNES. The tour will still continue despite his absence.

    Sky had many projects in the works that will undoubtedly still be completed & released in the coming months if not years due to his wealth of creative material left behind. One of which is a documentary about his legendary band THE SEEDS to be released next year in 2010. The documentary chronicles the band's activities with exclusive interviews with all original members, & rare never-before-seen footage of the band live & in session. The project is spear-headed by Alec Palao of Ace Records U.K. (The Zombies' box set "Zombie Heaven") -

    "Part of the impetus for the SEEDS documentary is to correct a lot of the misperceptions about the band," explains documentary-maker ALEC PALAO, "and to properly state their role and achievements, and celebrate their music for what it is. The band were way ahead of their time, which I realize more and more as I go thru the nuts and bolts of their recordings. Due to various circumstances beyond the band's control, the original integrity of what the band was doing got lumped in with the worst commercial hype of the psychedelic scene as it expanded. Ultimately it means that the hipsters and tastemakers got turned off by the hype, and those prejudices have remained with all the commentators and writers ever since. So THE DOORS remain hip and leaders and THE SEEDS are seen as commercial hippies, followers, or not even an authentic part of the initial movement, which of course is dead wrong. I'm doing my part to correct that!"

    Learn more about SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON by visiting

    these offical sites:



    For inquiries, please contact:

    Jennifer Marchand

    Publicist :: Sky Sunlight Saxon

    "Pushin' Too Hard" by THE SEEDS - Top 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Bleu French Laundry Rocknroll Promotions

    Austin, Texas



  3. the Raven wrote:

    02:10 PM, Jun 25, 2009

    ....Nevermore,  and loved that song Pushin Too Hard, great fuzzy lead!

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