Roger Kynard “Roky” Erickson July 15, 1947 – May 31, 2019

Roger Kynard was an American singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and guitarist from Texas. He was a founding member of The 13th Floor Elevators and a pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre. His first notable group was The Spades, who scored a regional hit with Erickson’s “We Sell Soul”; the song is included as an unlisted bonus track on Erickson’s 1995 All That May Do My Rhyme CD and was adapted as “Don’t Fall Down” by the 13th Floor Elevators for their first album. The Spades’ original version of “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, later a hit for 13th Floor Elevators, was featured on the compilation album The Best of Pebbles Volume 1.

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