Felix Pappalardi

Felix Pappalardi
Felix Pappalardi was a producer as well as an accomplished bass player. He produced Cream’s “Disraeli Gears” and “Wheels of Fire” and provided various instrumentation to their recordings. After the break-up of Cream he went on to produce “The Vagrants” which included guitarist “Leslie West”. Impressed by West’s guitar work he convinced West to form a band with him called “Mountain”. Mountain’s fourth gig was at Woodstock were they played to a receptive crowd. In 1970 their debut album “Mountain Climbing” was released and yeilded the rock classic “Mississippi Queen”. By 1972 Pappalardi’s hearing had become impaired and he left the band. “Mountain” disbanded but would resurface in various incarnations over the years. Later on Felix joined a japanese group called “Creation”. In 1982 Felix became involved in a 10 month extra marital affair with a 27 year old named “Valerie Merians”. On April 17th , 1983 while returning home late one evening his long time wife and collaborator “Gail Collins” shot him in the neck during a jealous rage with a 38 caliber derringer Pappalardi had bought her for protection. While he lay dying on the bedroom floor she called her lawyer and then the police. It wasn’t until the police arrived when medical attention was summoned. By that time Felix was dead. Gail Collins was convicted of “criminally negligent homicide” and was sentenced to four years in prison. When she got out she disappered from view and is presumed dead. Felix Pappalardi was 43 years old at the time of his death.

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