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Carlos Vega
Carlos Vega
 Suicide/gunshot      April 7, 1998
Age 41
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"Drummer, Carlos Vega, 41, Dies"
                              Billboard 
                              April 25, 1998 
                              By Paul Verna 
       
                               Members of the music industry reacted with shock to the death April 7 of Carlos Vega, a Los 
                               Angeles-based session drummer best known for his studio recordings and tours with James 
                               Taylor.  

                               Vega, 41, died at home of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on the eve of a scheduled 
                               April 8 appearance with Taylor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," according to a published report. 

                               Vega, who had just returned from a European tour with Taylor, was set to go on the road with 
                               the artist again for the U.S. leg of his tour. The tour is scheduled to begin May 29 at the Beacon 

        Theatre in New York following shows April 27 at Sting's all-star Rainforest Benefit Concert at
        Carnegie Hall and a special appearance with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Boston's Symphony Hall.  

        Besides his work with Taylor over the past decade -- which included the studio releases "Never
        Die Young," "New Moon Shine," and "Hourglass," plus Taylor's "(Live)" album -- Vega had recorded
        and/or performed with Freddy Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Lee Ritenour, Vince Gill, Reba McIntire, Olivia
        Newton-John (including the "Grease" soundtrack), Larry Carlton, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, and
        Randy Newman, according to sources. Vega was also a member of keyboardist David Garfield's
        fusion band Karizma.  

        Drummer Steve Jordan, a friend of Vega's since the '80s, says Vega was "a stabilizing force in
        any group that he played in, which is the reason this thing is so shocking to everyone, because
        the circumstances of his departure were so incongruous with his life, at least the way we saw it."  

        Jordan adds that Vega "fulfilled to the utmost the function of the drummer being the captain of the
        ship. Where [late Toto and session drummer] Jeff Porcaro left off, Carlos picked up."  

        Jordan's comments reflect the reaction of Vega's other friends and associates, who also 
        expressed shock and remember him as a pleasant, easy-going person.  

        Taylor says in a written statement, "It has been a great privilege and delight working with Carlos
        for the past 13 years and wonderful to have collaborated with so talented a player. I miss him 
        terribly as a friend and an artist."  

        Jazz guitarist Ritenour was among the first to recognize Vega's talent and hire the young 
        drummer to record and perform professionally. Ritenour also recommended Vega to Taylor
        when the latter needed a new drummer in the mid-'80s. "At the memorial he had so many 
        friends turn out, I wish he just had put his hand out just even a bit before that day, 'cause so 
        many of us would have been there," says Ritenour.  

        Producer George Massenburg, whose credits include Ronstadt and Taylor, says he is 
        "devastated" by Vega's death. "My life and all of my expectations will change for this," he
        says. "How will we ever feel comfortable with being happy in the studio again?"  

        A memorial service for Vega was held April 14 at the Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary
        in Whittier, Calif. Following the service, friends and family gathered for a tribute at the Baked
        Potato in Studio City, Calif.  

        Vega is survived by his wife, Teri, and daughters Marissa and Alexis.  

        
       
 

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