Life Member. Trombone
7/4/1936 – 7/15/2019
by Chuck Findley
We have lost a fantastic person and musician loved by everyone.
Slyde was my brother-in-law and husband of my wife Zelee’s sister Yolee, and father to their son Josh.
Slyde was always a pleasure to work with musically, and his humor was known by everyone.
When Slyde would come into a date, he could make anyone who was nervous in anyway feel very comfortable and relaxed.
I knew Slyde for 50 years, and it’s been a real treasure being his long time friend and family.
His Resume included Frank Sinatra, Madonna, the Wrecking Crew, Steely Dan, the Beach Boys, etc. etc.
He also did too many TV shows to mention.
Slyde had perfect pitch which made him fit in any situation.
He won the most valuable player award from NARAS on Tenor Trombone, Tuba, Bass Trombone, and Double Brass. Slyde then was honored with the Emeritus award.
Slyde traveled and was known and loved all over the world.
He was one of the first tenor trombone players with Lew McCreary that doubled on bass trombone as well that was looked down upon back in the ’60s and ’70s.
I’m going to miss my friend.
I know he is making the band in Heaven very happy.
Love you my Brother.