Professional Name: Flame duDillo Wiggy
Former Member. Bass
3/2/1936 – 3/15/2018
Buell Neidlinger, a one of a kind bassist, age 82, died on March 16, 2018, at his home on Whidbey Island, WA. He was born in New York City on March 2, 1936 and started his musical career there. A fellow bass player dared him to audition for the Boston Symphony so he did and won the job. While in the orchestra, he called in sick and flew to Los Angeles to record with Frank Zappa. Buell had a great time hanging out with several legendary studio musicians on that session and he also interviewed and was hired for a teaching position at California Institute of the Arts. So he said goodbye to Boston and moved to L.A. in 1971. With a vast knowledge of music, he had the ability to thrive in almost any musical idiom and was a prominent musician in classical, jazz, and studio recording work.
Buell was larger than life. The same passion he brought to playing music carried over into his relationships, sometimes resulting in fireworks. He was rarely lukewarm about anything. He brought a full set of emotions to everything he did. He cared deeply about music and about our world. He was a teacher, mentor, and helper to many people in pursuit of their musical careers. Those who came to know him intimately found him to be an extraordinarily sensitive and kind man, and cherished being his friend or musical associate. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Storer, and his two children, Miranda and Mike Neidlinger.