John Almond

Sacramento, California


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John Almond July 20, 1946 Nov. 18, 2009 Resident of Hayward John, lovingly known to all who knew him as Johnny, passed away surrounded by his family, in his home, in Hayward, California on November 18, 2009. He was a devoted husband for 32 years to Ginny Almond, a loving father to his three...

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Johnny Almond and Jon Mark kept me going in my teenage years and have sustained me since (now 56). I personally have never heard any sax player to match him at his best. All those years of people wondering why I liked 'Marc Almond' and in the end it did not matter as they were the best!

Thanks Mr. Almond, thanks

Hello Ginny, I just heard about Johnny's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's been a lot of years since we last saw each other. I always looked back fondly on the time John and I played together. I hope you and your family are doing well. Once again, my sympathies to you and yours. God Bless. Jerry McCann

I watched Johnny play with "Johnny Almond and the Rhythm Review" in the San Diego area back in the 80's. Everytime I saw him I bought him a Moosehead beer. He was a great guy and a great musician. Thanks Johnny...Paul Heagerty

Hello, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I have recently put together a cd from tapes made of some of his performances with the St. Louis Slim Band in 1992 in Pleasanton. I give them out to friends and people I want to greatly impress. If you would like I would be happy to give you a copy (ies). Sincerely, Charles Dillett, drummer,
[email protected], 925-933-7266

Ginny, I'm deeply saddened to hear of Johnny's passing. I played keyboards with him in the Heroe's in San Diego. As everyone knows he was the best of the best and I'm proud to say that he was my friend and band mate. I remember when you and Johnny stayed at my house after the New Years Eve gig we played. We stayed up all night and talked. Johnny was a treasure and he will be missed by all of us.
Mike Radi

So sad to know you passed away John.
Just thank you for the music you gave me. I'll remember you forever.
Peace - Giorgio

The greatest sax solo l've ever heard or expect to hear in my life, was that recorded in 1969, the song "California" on "The Turning Point" l received the album from my older brother Larry who has since passed. l had just turned 14 in nov. of that year.The song was and continues to be a spiritual inspiration to me, and the reason l made California my home. l had no idea johnny was so young at the time of the recording. To this day l still get chills when l listen to that...

I first became aware of Johnny's playing on "The Turning Point", John Mayall's great group. Later, Mark Almond's jazz/rock compositions were one of a kind. In 1980 I was lucky enough to meet Johnny at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach and watch him play in an intimate venue. What a great talent and soulful man! My condolences to his family. His music is, and will always be, timeless.