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Singer-songwriter, Margaret "Maggie" A. Roche, passes at 65

Discussion in 'In Memoriam...' started by mreiof, Jan 25, 2017.

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    As one-third of the singing/songwriting/sister combo The Roches, Maggie was the eldest, contributing an uncannily rich contralto to the higher pitches of her siblings Terre and Suzzy. Their self-titled debut hit stores in 1979 (prod.: Robert Fripp) and established a fan-core that would sustain The Roches through MTV, the demise of FM radio, MP3s, and social media. The sisters, though tight as a combo, possessed very distinct personalities, rather like a Folk City Charlie's Angels. Maggie was the trio's cup of Earl Grey; Terre, the Irish coffee; and Suzzy, the Sprite. Their Christmas shows were a NYC staple and it was backstage at The Bottom Line (also RIP) that I got to meet Maggie and was introduced to her (former) bf: singer/songwriter Marc Jonson (he wrote "Love Radiates Around," the opening track to the Roches' album Another World). I would interview MJ for a local music zine and that would be the start of my career as a music journalist, during which I would write a slew of reviews and profiles, and make friends who are my friends to this day, which includes Mr. Jonson. That all began with Maggie Roche, who passed Jan. 21 after a prolonged battle with breast cancer, and now I have to stop, because this is sadder than I can bear. My most heartfelt condolences to Terre and Suzzy and the whole Roche family and—if you have any Roches in your collection—well, give it a spin.

    Here are two versions of The Roches' appearance in WB's Tiny Toons; the one pictured is the abridged, music-only version. Their personalities come through here. Note how in the full-length version, Maggie is the older sister ostensibly in charge… somewhat against her will.
    Full version (first 10 minutes) Tiny Toon Adventures ep61 - New Character Day - Videoclip.bg
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    I remember I was forever reading about them in issues of Hit Parader, Creem, and Circus. I never bought anything by them, nor heard them on the radio, but reading about them and looking at their pictures was enough.

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