Drake Levin passed away July 4, 2009, in San Francisco, with his wife Sandra by his side.

Many other people have and will post tributes to Drake, tributes from their own perspectives. My perspective is that of a fan of his music, and the best tribute I feel I can make to him, apart from keeping his music alive, is to share some photographs that I took on the one occasion that I was privileged to see him perform live.

I think that the photographs reflect that Drake Levin loved the blues and loved making music. He exuded happiness when he was playing guitar, in this case the red Epiphone guitar that he'd been using since his days in Paul Revere and the Raiders. His guitar playing was exciting to watch and a banquet for the ears and his joy in making the music that he loved was infectious to all who heard him, in my opinion.
Sympathy to Drake Levin's family, friends and fans. Thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve for your loss. Virtual hugs to you all, especially to Carol and Sandra.

Links to other tributes to Drake Levin are included below.

Photographs are from the Curtis Lawson concert, held at The Saloon in San Francisco, California, on Saturday, January 17, 2004.
Drake was then a member of the Curtis Lawson Band and performed throughout the evening, with many other blues musicians who had come to perform with Curtis.





Drake tuning the Epiphone guitar
Drake tuning the red Epiphone at the start of the evening




Ron Hacker and Drake Levin
Ron Hacker and Drake playing together. And the smile lit up Drake's face when he was playing.




Drake's hands on the Epiphone
A closeup of Drake's hands as he played the Epiphone. I do enjoy watching and photographing guitarist's hands. And this picture is the one that started that love, and was the inspiration for the Magic Fingers Page.




Pat Wilder and Drake
Pat Wilder and Drake Levin. In a perhaps-unintended nod to Drake's past career with Paul Revere and the Raiders, the song Pat and Drake played was "Ooh Poo Pa Doo".




Drake playing
Drake playing. I was trying to get some different angles for my photographs of the show.




Drake from a different angle
Another different angle of Drake. I think he was laughing at me, but that's ok. We were both doing what we love.
I am honored that this picture is displayed on Drake's website.




Drake and Sandra
Drake and Sandra Levin






Other Drake Levin Sites and Tributes:
Note: please feel free to email me with additions or corrections for this list. If your website or blog is listed here and you wish it to be removed, just email me. These sites were everything that I could find at this time.


Drake Levin Official Site


Drake Levin fan site


Drake Levin Answers.com

Drake Levin IMDB.com

Phil 'Fang' Volk's Official Home Page
Drake tribute about halfway down the index page.
There is a Drake Levin Memorial Guestbook at the bottom of that section.


LadyDiva LiveJournal tribute entry

Ballad of an Underrated Guitarist by Smittygirl

RIP Drake Levin at Louielouie.net


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