Ray Condo, 54, Rockabilly Revivalist, Is Dead

Canadian country artist dies of apparent heart attack.

Canadian country and rockabilly revivalist Ray Condo died Thursday of an apparent heart attack in Vancouver. He was 54.

Born Ray Tremblay, vocalist-saxophonist Condo began his career in the Vancouver punk band the Secret V's. From the mid-'80s on, he led a succession of groups, including the Hardrock Goners and the Ricochets, that specialized in a lively brew of rockabilly, honky-tonk, Western swing, and jump blues. His albums were released in the U.S. by Joaquin Records.

At the time of his death, Condo was emerging from a three-year hiatus from music and assembling a new group with his longtime guitarist Stephen Nikleva.

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