Remembering Larry Hosford

By Christa Taylor

In 1974, I was gifted with a career that changed my life: The ability to play whatever music I wanted on a very cool and unusual radio station, KLRB, located in downtown Carmel. It was a magical time in my life, and the beginnings of a musical format that was later entitled, “Americana.”

As all new-to-the-job radio DJs were required to do at some time, I was on the air late one night and happened to be gazing at one of the most beautiful record album covers I’d ever seen, by a guy I’d heard lived somewhere in the area – Santa Cruz, I thought. It was by Larry Hosford and the album was called “AKA Lorenzo.” I was playing an especially sweet song from it that reached a special place in my heart, and when the song ended, I opened the mic and said, “Larry Hosford, wherever you are, I love you.” Then the phone rang. Guess who?

Larry invited me to meet him at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz the next day, and thus began a friendship that lasted many years. I was impressed by his talent and attended a great number of his shows, even became roommates with the bass player in his backup band at the time, Fly by Night. Those were fun days, filled with the best music and nightlife, in one of the best places in the nation to enjoy this lifestyle.

Some of my favorite memories took place post-concerts at the Catalyst, when Larry and a bunch of folks would go hang out at what was then the office of Yeah Productions, owned by our old friend, Bruce Mason, who has also left us. We would stay up way too late enjoying the late night ambience from the porch of the Dr.Miller Building where Larry and I loved to sing our favorite song to those on the street, “Your Sweet and Shiny Eyes,” by Bonnie Raitt. We’d change the lyrics to say, “Drinkin’ salty margaritas with Lorenzo” instead of “Fernando,” as the song actually goes. Sweet memories.

We had the opportunity last summer to reminisce about these days and the other good times we had over the years while at the Redwood Mountain Faire. Larry was able to play a bit on stage with his good friends, Ken Kraft, Bob O’Neill, and Harpin’ Johnny. Although Larry was in his wheelchair, he still made the music and the audience happy with his ever-present style. I was touched. I knew somehow that it would be my last visit with my old friend, Lorenzo. May you be raisin’ a ruckus in Heaven, Lo. Thank you for all the great music you gave this world…we will never forget you.

Legendary singer-songwriter and Salinas native, Larry Hosford, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2016 at the age of 73. A concert in Larry’s honor was held at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 pm. Christa Taylor is a retired KFAT DJ and music enthusiast who now lives in Aptos, CA.

Copyright 2017 Julie Horner

Forever in Our Hearts – Remembering Heidi Ann Newton

By Kara Ferguson

On January 4, 2017 our dear friend, Heidi Newton, lost her battle with cancer. This vibrantly beautiful woman fought like a warrior from beginning to end and touched so many people during her journey.

We met in 1999 while working at Camp Campbell. Cassie Castillo introduced us and Heidi quickly became part of of our circle of friends (I’d list all of you, if I could). As the years flew by that circle grew, and Heidi made her way into the hearts of many members of the SLV, and beyond. She had a zest for life that was contagious, so she was a joy to be around.

Heidi grew up in Long Island, NY, and moved here with her mom, Debbie, when she was 19. Debbie married Paul Depenau, and they all lived here in Boulder Creek together. Her sister, Angela, lives here with her boyfriend, Robert, and daughters, Jessie, and “Little” Debbie, who were the lights of Heidi’s life. During her final days, she was surrounded by her loving cousin, Brandi Weems, and Aunt Gloria, as well as countless others.

Her family and friends were her reason for living.

Heidi believed when we pass our spirit returns to earth to give back what we were given. That we are forever alive through the birds, flowers, trees, mountains, and even the air we breathe. That there is never an end but only a new beginning.


A memorial is scheduled for Sunday, January 22 @ 11:00 am: Oak Hill Memorial Park & Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow, location provided at Memorial.
300 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
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Copyright 2017 Julie Horner