Daniel Duffey Harris
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On Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, Cambria lost a wonderful resident, Daniel Duffey Harris, age 65.  Daniel passed away during the filming of a movie in Simi Valley, Calif., during the newsworthy heat wave, where the temperature reached up to 112° that day.   He had been treated on the set for heat, but the actual cause of death has not yet been determined.  Daniel had worked in films and had been a SAG member since 1997. His best role was the prison minister in The Green Mile.  Before working in film, Daniel''s primary work was in music. Daniel and Victoria performed as a duo for the full 28 years of their marriage, seven of these years in Sweden, where they resided near Stockholm.   Daniel was always an excellent musician. Both of his parents were classical music legends, Roy and Johana Harris. When John F. Kennedy made his Time Capsule of his years in the White House, Roy Harris'' 3rd and 5th Symphonies were included.   As teenagers, Daniel and his brother, Shaun, formed a successful rock group, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, with five albums, three on Warner/Reprise.  Information on this group is available on Victoria''s website: http://www.artandmurals.com/danharris.htm as well as historic WCPAEB info: http://members.ams.chello.nl/cvanderlely/wcpaeb/intro/wcintro.html  Daniel and Victoria moved to Cambria in 2007 to care for Victoria''s mother, Irina Wilson, and remain residents in the same home.  They performed locally as a duo at Sandy''s Deli and CARES, as well as Tognazzini''s Dockside in Morro Bay.   Daniel also became a member of the Cambria Chorale after having read in the Cambrian that director Michael Bierbaum''s favorite influences had been his father, Roy Harris.   Daniel also had performed in the Pewter Plough''s production of "Love Town." Many enjoyed Daniel''s uplifting and happy spirit, and he was an unforgettable character.   Above all, he was a very kind and good person. His spirit remains here with us, and Victoria feels his presence constantly, especially through music and humor.   Daniel is survived by his brother, Shaun; sisters Paddie, Maureen and Lane; as well as his son, Krishna Stall; and stepdaughter, Meeshell Block.  An Open House Memorial Celebration for Daniel will be held in early 2013, hopefully around his birthday in March. Victoria will place an announcement in The Cambrian for all friends who wish to attend.


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Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Dec. 6, 2012.
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August 12, 2019
I miss you & Mommy so much!! I wish you'd come together in my dreams!! I hope you're making beautiful music together in Heaven & you're helping guide me every day! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DAN!
Meesh
Meeshell Block
May 4, 2015
Vicki,
We are so sad to hear of Dan's passing.
His music and acting made a
great contribution to the world.
His humor & enthusiasm made him a joy
to be around. We'll always remember
the fun we had playing music together
on the deck with you guys.
Steve Harding & Elizabeth Wright
Steve & Elizabeth
April 29, 2014
The summer of '67, freshly gradusted from my Stockton, California high school, I started a band, the Ether Sea, with some friends. As the summer progressed into fall the band went thru several personell changes, including at one point, a search for a permanent guitar player. On a bus ride back from San Jose our singer Steve met a gentleman named Dan who was on his way to the State hospital on California street for a much needed rest. As they spoke Dan mentioned being a guitarist who was taking a break from the recording band he and his brother had and that he might be interested in joining our band after his stay.
Steve and the rest of our band went out to the hospital one evening and met with Dan. A gracious, relatively quiet gentleman, we enjoyed our evening playing cards and chatting with him. Ultimately, Dan decided to return back to the bay area to rejoin his brother and put his band back together. Curious, I purchased WCPAEB: Vol. 2 and fell instantly in love with it. The purchase of Vol. 3: A Child's Guide To Good & Evil in 1968 and seeing WCPAEB perform in a side room later that summer at a festival my band also played at in the main room made me a lifelong admirerer and fan of both Dan, Shaun, and anything WCPAEB. Over 20 years later I proudly passed on their legacy by turning my son and his band, Cradle Of Thorns (on Relativiy's XXX Records) onto the WCPAEB, which strongly influenced much of what they recorded in the 90's.
Any and all recordings by Dan, Shaun, WCPAEB, and Markley will always find a place of high significance in any musical medium (vinyl, tape, or digital) I will ever choose to own. Nearly 50 years later I still live deeply in the world of music, these days as Gregg Allman's roadie with the Allman Brothers Band.
Meetimg Dan greatly enriched my life and he will be greatly missed.
Daved Kohls
February 9, 2014
RIP Danny. Member of one of the all-time greatest of 60s bands. I still play the records all the time. The music will live forever.
Michael Bradshaw
January 20, 2013
I only met you once but what a vibrant man you were. When I saw you dancing on a stage at a concert I thought there's a man with a lot of spirit who loves life. You will be very missed especially by Vicky and Meesh. I know you will keep the angels smiling.
Roberta P| Perlis
January 20, 2013
This earth will never be the same without you. I know you are teaching the angels a thing or two with your beautiful voice and talent. I am so grateful to have had you in my life. Please continue to keep Vicki and Meesh safe and sound as I know you will always!
Lisa T
January 20, 2013
Dan, I love you soooo much! What can I say? 28 1/2 years+ of knowing you and loving you as the best stepfather in the world! Oh what fun we had! How you made such an impact of my life. Thank you for loving me and my mom as you did and entertaining us all with your wit and sillyness! I love you, RIP Dan.
Meeshell Block
January 15, 2013
Daniel Duffey Harris, It saddens me that you, a man of such great talent has left this world. My prayers are with you and you will always be in my thoughts. Rest in peace, Mr. Harris
Renee and Benjamin Jay Allen
December 12, 2012
I was saddened to hear of Daniel's passing - He was indeed an enjoyable character and never failed to wave or say hello when I encountered him publicly - Best wishes to you and your family Vicky! Miss you both at the shows!
George Gray
December 9, 2012
Daniel, you will be missed! I enjoyed the music we made together and, like your father's song, I'll be "Waitin'" to see you again someday.
Michael Bierbaum
December 7, 2012
Daniel...no-one smiled like you...no-one laughed like you...such a happy person to be around. Cambria has lost such a wonderful character. I will always remember you and the times shared at the Pewter Plough Playhouse.
Kathryn Kenny
December 6, 2012
I think about you often Dan & I always smile- You made friends so easy, and you had a unique way of making me laugh. You are missed and will live in our hearts forever. Cheryl & Randy McDowell
December 6, 2012
As a member of SMPTE and retired Chairman of the Executive Board of IBEW Local 1220 Chicago, I honor the memory of your contributions to the Film industry...
Paul S. Rodriguez
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