Montclair is mourning a hole in its musical heart. Orlando Staton, powerhouse drummer for the Fabulous Flemtones, passed away Saturday.
The Fabulous Flemtones, (the group’s core members being Staton, bassist Tim Engle, and guitarists Billy Karcher and Andy McGuire ) have played Tierney’s Tavern the last Friday of every month (Flemtone Friday) for the last 34 years. Their last performance was February 28, when they celebrated their 34th anniversary. Some of the group members have played together since meeting at Montclair High School.
Engle left this message on the Fabulous Flemtones Facebook group:
I had the rare privilege of knowing and playing with a lovely man since the mid-70s. We learned guitar together (thanks, Peter), talked of world events, played in bands together for almost 50 years. He continued on his journey yesterday, scouting out the terrain for those who will eventually follow. I know we’ll meet again, share a pitcher of Kami’s and we will once again smile at each other over a crash cymbal. Journey on, my brother and dear friend. The most gentle soul I have ever and probably will ever encounter. Love and respect for Mr. Orlando Staton.
Staton’s family requests, in lieu of flowers, that friends make a donation in Orlando’s memory to Toni’s Kitchen.
Staton can be seen and heard in this documentary short: “We’ve Been Here Forever – The Fabulous Flemtones”