View Full Version : Jay Bennett dies at 45

05-25-2009, 09:26 AM

Wow, shocked. He just recently said he needed hip surgery, but didn't have the money for it. Also sued Jeff Tweedy over the Wilco affair and back royalties he said he was owed (probably related to his money issues). None-the-less, his death is a loss for the music world.

05-26-2009, 12:30 AM
Wow, that's SHOCKING. My favorite live Wilco recordings are from the Mermaid Ave. years, with Jay singing backup to Jeff as he jams on the keyboards. Wilco is far tighter these days, but less interesting.

45. Wow. :(

05-26-2009, 01:03 AM
Found it. 66 MB of great music. You can hear Jay on "California Stars" big time (a song that he wrote most of the melody for, one of Wilco's best).

Wilco Irving Plaza NYC 19-Sept-2000 (http://rustybrain.com/music/wilco_live/Irving%20Plaza%20NYC%2019%20Sept%202000.zip)

Right click to download.

05-26-2009, 01:25 AM
More reading:
Glorious Noise obit (http://www.gloriousnoise.com/features/2009/exwilco_jay_bennett_dead_at_45.php)

Guess this is never gonna happen now:
21 Reasons Why Jay Bennett Should Be Back In Wilco (http://www.gloriousnoise.com/articles/2009/21_reasons_why_jay_bennett_sho.php)

05-26-2009, 09:35 AM
Wow, that's SHOCKING. My favorite live Wilco recordings are from the Mermaid Ave. years, (

Definitely x1000! For those of you that have never heard Billy Bragg and Wilco on Mermaid Avenue, pick it up. It'll change your life, I swear.

05-27-2009, 08:43 AM
Some more articles about his death. Can't watch the video here at work on Stereo Gum, so I dunno if it's from I Am Trying To Break Your Heart or something else.





05-27-2009, 06:45 PM
If you listen to the keyboards that Jay was playing on the YouTube video at the bottom of the stereogum link, you can hear why Wilco was never the same after Jay left.

Dave, did you download the MP3s that I posted (in post #3)? The performance is similarly great.

05-29-2009, 11:43 AM
This is worth reading:

Jay Bennett Remembered: Undertow Issues Statement (http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/05/jay-bennett-remembered.html)