Funeral dirges: Heavy metal bagpipe themes
Heavy metal fans will have a good excuse to be saddened over the passing of popular musician Jeff “Jeff the Bagpiper” Bagpipes.
The bagpipe-obsessed musician passed away Friday morning at age 79.
The musician was known for playing the bagpipe in various bands such as Bad Bunny, Bagpipers and the Bagpipe Kings, which was formed in 1965.
His music, often called “the Bagpipe Song,” is known for its intricate arrangements and melodies.
His son, Jeff Bagpitter, wrote an obituary in the local paper, The Springfield Leader, that described the musician as “a true icon of the rock music movement of the ’60s and ’70s.”
“Jeff was the quintessential bagpipe player,” Jeff Bagporters obit said.
“He was also a highly accomplished bagpipe teacher and performer.”
Jeff’s obit was posted in The Springfield Democrat newspaper, which noted the musician “spent his career performing in a wide range of genres, from rock to country and even jazz, with a distinctive flair for the dramatic.”
The obit noted that “Jeff Bagpipiper was an extremely popular bagpipe educator and performer in Springfield and Springfield Country,” adding, “Jeff was always a great listener and always had a special place in my heart for the beautiful, haunting melodies of the Bag Pipe.”
Jeff Bagporter, pictured here performing in ‘The Bagpipe Show,’ was a beloved member of the Springfield Bagpipe Orchestra.
(Photo: Courtesy of The Bagpipe Club)The obits were written by friends and family, and include obituaries from the bandmates, former bandmates and friends.
Bagpipers obit also includes some photos of Jeff, including a photo of the musician at a funeral in which he appears to be holding a bagpipe.
In addition to Bagpoppers obit, which can be viewed below, the Springfield Leader newspaper also posted a video from the funeral service in which Bagpitters obit states he “played the bagpiper bagpipe for the past 35 years.”
The funeral was attended by dozens of friends, family and musicians who were in attendance, according to the newspaper.
A tribute to Bagpipe King Jeff Bagpipe can be seen below.
(Photos: The Bagpiped Club)Bagpipe King, a member of Bad Bunny and Bagpicians, was the son of Bagpipe and Bagpipe bandleader and producer Larry Bagpipe.
Jeff Bagpipe is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary, who passed away in May 2018 at the age of 87.
Jeff was an accomplished and talented musician, and his music was one of the defining elements of his music.
He is survived to the full, a legacy that will be cherished by many in Springfield.
Jeff, pictured above, will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
(Courtesy of The Springfield Leadership)Jeff BagPiper’s obituary, from the Springfield Democrat, is below.
The Springfield Leader published a tribute to Jeff on its Facebook page.
“I will always remember him as a friend and a great musician,” the post said.
“My condolences go out to his family and friends, and to his many musical heroes.”
Jeff was born in Springfield on April 25, 1939.
He attended Springfield Junior High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education.
He also received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.
Jeff began his career as a musician in 1971 when he recorded his first solo album, “The Bagpiler Song,” for Columbia Records.
It was followed by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which became the first studio album to chart in the U.S.
Jeff worked on albums for several other major labels, including Warner Bros., EMI and Capitol Records, and released his debut album, Bagpipe Nation, in 1973.
Barghest album in history, Bag Pipe Nation, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and went platinum.
Jeff toured the U, U.K., Canada, Australia, France and the U., S.A. for BagpipeNation.