Music fans were confronted with sad news this week when it was reported that blues musician and actor Kal David passed away.
David had a career that spanned five decades
According to Palm Springs’ Channel 3 News, David died at his home on Tuesday due to complications from pneumonia.
The station noted that David was “an international blues recording artist who performed all over the United States and Europe” over the course of his half-century career.
It quoted a statement from his wife, Lauri Bono, which read, “Wanted you all to know that he loved you and thanked you for loving him.”
Bono declared that her husband’s “music will live on as a testament to his incredible talent. He was a sweet, humble and wonderful man.”
Friends remember David for his “immense influence”
Those who knew David took to social media and spoke warm words of praise for the late musician. They included fellow artist Tammy Tuckey, who referenced his work as a voice actor.
Sad news from Kal David’s family… Kal passed away today. Aside from being a wonderful musician and singer, many of us Disney fans know his as the voice of our alien friend, Sonny Eclipse. He will always be our Bright Little Star! 💫😞 pic.twitter.com/iShgl9hVGn
— Tammy Tuckey (@TammyTuckey) August 16, 2022
Meanwhile, guitarist Jeff Pevar eulogized David in a Facebook post, saying, “From my earliest days as a performing musician and guitarist, Kal has been an immense influence on my musicality.”
“His iconic musicianship, his powerful command of the guitar, his undeniably unique vocal prowess, as well as world class stage presence set the bar so very high for this fledgling guitarist, when I first heard him playing with the Fabulous Rhinestones,” Pevar continued, adding that David’s “impact was undeniable by all who witnessed it.”
Pevar went on to recall how David “helped me understand how good you can actually get if you put in the work, so much so, that I learned and played a number of his songs in early bands I was in.”
“My heart goes out to his incredibly talented wife, Laurie and of course, to all of us who were fortunate enough to have been touched by his immense gift,” David’s friend stressed.
“I love you brother,” Pevar said as he drew to a close, adding, “You will be missed and your music and influence lives on in all of us.”