Steven Paul Perry, guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, died peacefully at his home on May 28 after a long battle with cancer. He was 57 years old. Born in Worcester, MA January 7, 1956, he grew up in Concord, MA, and graduated from Concord - Carlisle High School in 1974. His first guitar was a Kleenex box with rubber bands stretched over the hole. Later he graduated to a ukulele, then a used acoustic guitar. He played for his fifth grade classmates during recess, and entertained migrant farm workers for the Migrant Ministry. At age 10 he acquired his first electric guitar. By age 12 he was playing and singing with his first real band. In high school he formed his own band, Wilderness, which won the Battle of the Bands and started him on his musical career. He played several concerts at the school. After high school he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, then joined Orchestra Luna which became popular both in Boston and New York. Next he became guitarist for singer John Hiatt's band, touring America, Australia, and New Zealand, and appearing with him on the David Letterman television show. Later he played guitar on a CD with Tom Hambridge and the Wreckage. He also played with Jon Butcher in Boston. Steven subsequently formed his own band, The Human Condition. For seven years he played each year for the annual AIDS Walk in Boston. He also built a recording studio in his basement, where he recorded and produced several local bands. Some of his music can be accessed on his Web site, www.stevenpaulperry.com or Google at Steven Paul Perry - YouTube. You may also post to his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StevenPaulPerry. Over the next 15 years Steven was diagnosed with four different cancers. He survived all of them, but the next one proved intractable in spite of his strenuous efforts to find alternative treatment. He is survived by his parents, Paul A. And Ruth L. Perry of Concord, MA; his sister, Elaine Perry Carmack of Springfield, VA; his partner, Stephen (Sid) Villandry; and many loving uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives. There will be no funeral, but his immediate family will hold a private ceremony A public memorial celebration will be held at a date to be determined.
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Published in The Concord Journal from June 4 to June 11, 2013