Kevin Calhoun 1/14/56 – 11/2/12

I lost a great friend last week.

It’s hard to know where to begin when I think about Kevin. He was my songwriting/production/musician partner for many years and one of the most talented people I have ever known. His guitar skills were impeccable and no one could funk a Fender Strat like he could.
We first met in a small studio at 25 West 38th street where he was booked to play guitar on  a recording session. He had his own band “The Neighborhood” at that time and they had a single out called “Stop Killing Those Kids”. We hung out together after the session and he played me some of his songs. There was an immediate chemistry so we started writing songs together. I showed him the ropes as far as engineering and midi sequencing and he mastered both of them in short order.
Kevin was one of the funniest people in the world and refused to take anyone too seriously. When someone around who was trying to impress him with who they knew “in the business” , Kevin would stoop to the floor like he was looking for something. When that person asked him what he was doing, Kevin would reply “Oh, I’m just trying to pick up all those names you’ve been dropping”.

We did tons of 12″ Dance singles together and one of them led to our first publishing deal. This opportunity took us to L.A. and Paisley Park where we worked with some very “interesting” people. Kevin left behind a legacy of great songs and the positive spirit that was part of him and his entire wonderful family.

I really miss him.